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As Earth's ability to support human life begins to diminish at an alarming rate, the Global Space Agency is formed with a single mandate: protect humanity from extinction by colonizing the solar system as quickly as possible. Venus, being almost the same mass as Earth, is chosen over Mars as humanity's first permanent steppingstone into the universe.
Arik Ockley is part of the first generation to be born and raised off-Earth. After a puzzling accident, Arik wakes up to find that his wife is almost three months pregnant. Since the colony's environmental systems cannot safely support any increases in population, Arik immediately resumes his work on AP, or artificial photosynthesis, in order to save the life of his unborn child. Arik's new and frantic research uncovers startling truths about the planet and about the distorted reality the founders of the colony have constructed for Arik's entire generation. Everything Arik has ever known is called into question, and he must figure out the right path for himself, his wife, and his unborn daughter.
©2010 Christian Cantrell (P)2011 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gregory on 07-11-11

Promising but falls a little bit short

I largely enjoyed containment and found the premise to be very interesting. However; I found that the style of jumping back and forth between the present and the (sometimes forgotten) past tended to make the story's "wow moments" somewhat predictable. I also wish that the story had continued a little bit longer than it did, the book ended on a poetic note but left a lot of unanswered question that I would have liked to have seen wrapped up. All told though this definitely worth a listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Joey on 06-23-16

Great, esp for science geeks, except ending

I enjoyed the first 90% of the book very much, but I felt the ending was premature. I wanted the book to go so much farther than it did. The premise is good and the setup was well-thought-out. The peak in the drama happens and then... the book ends. There are questions un-answered and everything is in a state of turmoil at the end. It's been out for long enough that it's unlikely the author planned a sequel. So it lost a star, even though I was anticipating a 5 star review for most of the book.

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