by Kristi V Helvig

When Earth’s sun turns red giant way ahead of schedule and the planet becomes a scorched wasteland, Tora Reynolds discovers her fellow survivors are even deadlier than the hostile environment. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun—one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.

When family friend, Markus, returns to Earth with hired guns who want her father’s weapons, Tora’s fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. Tora forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, but must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father’s request to save what’s left of humanity.

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Category: Science Fiction – Space Exploration