“The time is the future; space travel has encompassed Mars, finding it barren, without mineral resources, useful only as a dumping ground for socially unacceptable humanity – a latter-day convict settlement.” (from the back cover description)
“This novel stands out for its quasi-Kafkaesque relevance to the total human predicament…” (The Times Literary Supplement)
Futuristic, dystopian, bleak yet ultimately hopeful, I was still surprised when on page 66, after the latest group of 24 Earth deportees arrive on Mars, the following occurs – “During the dust storm fifteen of the flight members died.” Sudden and final. In an unforgiving environment those who were disposed of for their Earthly “sins” have only themselves to look inward to for redemption.
Good reading. I look forward other books by D. G. Compton.