Red Soil Through Our Fingers
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A Mars colonist accepts a deal with a mining company to start a new life on humanity's off-world frontier. But idealism turns to unease when reality becomes darker than the fine print foretold. With his farm under bio-genetic attack and the most powerful player on the planet as an enemy, Mahela has no choice but to run... and expose economic slavery on an interplanetary scale.
Mahela, a tenant farmer for the Rekos-Breland Xenomaterials Corporation’s Hellas-Dao Colony on Mars, discovers a dark secret when investigating mysterious crop deaths in Hadriaca Caldera. With no one in power that he can trust, he makes a dangerous deal and flees with information vital to the future of millions.
Red Soil Through Our Fingers is a hard science-fiction thriller that explores the near-future possibility of corporate-controlled space.
Ratnayake has created an incredibly detailed vision of what life on Mars could be. You get a very vivid picture of the Martian landscape painted in words. His descriptive writing pays amazing attention to detail. It keeps the reader hungry for more and moves the book along at a perfect pace. In between the landscapes, buildings and "space", lies a story of social divides between some well defined characters.
Overall an amazing book. I can't wait to read what he comes up with next.