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Gliese 581: The Departure

(Kapalaran Universe #1)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In the final days of the 21st century, Daniel Medry and a crew of brilliant and talented scientists and researchers leave Earth on a mission to the Gliese system - the first extra-solar journey of its kind.

Shortly after their departure, a terrible virus is unleashed upon Earth, highly infectious and nearly 100% fatal.

Soon the colonists will learn that they are some of
Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published May 10th 2016
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Michelle Smith
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book at a discount in return for an unbiased review. Christine Shuck painted a horrifyingly plausible scenario of the way humanity may unintentionally bring about its own downfall. I did not care much for the transitioning of different character viewpoints but Mrs. Shuck wrote the transitions seamlessly. I was so enthralled that I finished the book in a day. Even as I eagerly await the next book in this series, I will be constantly looking for the signs of the ESH in myself as I ...more
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Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s the later part of the 21st century, and our planet has all ready experienced a second Civil War. Monsanto has become EcoNu, and America is readying the Calypso, a space ship to take 250 top scientists to Zarunina’s world, a newly located planet identified as Gliese 581, where humans might live and start a new civilization. EcoNu hopes to conquer the pork market on Earth by introducing genetic viruses into pigs. The project goes awry after Calypso leaves the Earth for space, and the virus de ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it

The book is an interesting blend of genetic manipulation of DNA and issues with it running amok. Earth had already had a crisis and bioengineering was happening as the need for food was was not meant to be a bad thing but..... traveling to the stars to start a new world allows for interesting characters. The author does a good job in making them very realistic. Worth the read.
Leif Dolan
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
New Earth, Old Earth

Neither one can ever touch each other again. The virus makes the old earth different from the new earth. They can talk across the stars, but can they ever be the same again?
Casie Blevins
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I can't wait for the next one! ...more
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great post-apocalyptic meets space colonization story!

This book has everything I love, the thrilling thought of venturing into deep space to a habitable planet out of our solar system and the colonization thereof AND the excitement/horror of an extinction level event on Earth. This particular virus was something new as far as these things go from any books I’ve read and movies I’ve seen; very imaginative and all too frighteningly plausible if you ask me. I loved this for the same reason I loved
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great story! There are two major plot points going on here... one, a deep space colony ship is making its way to a planet that is (hopefully) suitable for mankind. Two, Earth is succumbing to a virus that will make certain that this is a one-way trip.

The colony ship is not a generational-ark, but rather the crew is placed into hibernation, using a skeleton crew to simply to make sure things run smoothly during the trip. What they don't know is that someone (or something) wants to make sur
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Christine is a writer, occasional artist, mom and foster mom, entrepreneur, and general malcontent.

She writes cross-genre, over multiple series that take place in a shared universe and takes great joy in leaving little Easter eggs the point to her other stories.

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