Review of Earth Quarantined by D.L. Richardson

Title:  Earth Quarantined (Book 1 Earth Quarantined Series)

Author:  D.L. Richardson

Reviewer:  Shelley Russell Nolan

Synopsis: World peace came with rules. We’ve just broken them.

The year is 2355. The deadly virus that killed millions of people is gone, thanks to the quarantine measures put in place by the Criterion, an alien species who appeared just in time to save the human race. In exchange for complying with their tough control measures, the Criterion promised us the technology for interstellar travel. We’ve done all they’ve asked, yet we’re still on Earth with no way of getting into deep space. The Criterion are lying to us. What they don’t know is that we’re lying to them. 

Kethryn Miller is an award-winning actress, but nothing will prepare her for the role she’ll take on when a strange woman who shouldn’t be alive turns up in the city, threatening to expose the lies that have kept peace on Earth for 200 years.

Review:  I started this book thinking it was going to be about the start of a war between humans and aliens. Instead I found a story that focused on a number of key characters as they were forced to face hard truths about their world and their place in it. 200 years after the alien Criterion arrived on Earth and promised to save humanity from the plague that was set to destroy them, both sides are finding themselves struggling with the status quo. The restrictive measures the Criterion put in place to ensure the survival of Earth and its inhabitants are starting to chafe on the general populace, and the promise of the secrets of interstellar travel has not been fulfilled.

Into this tension filled landscape comes a woman who is next in line to become the president for State Seven, a fate Kethryn Miller wants nothing to do with. Yet she has no choice. At least until an unprecedented event involves her in a secret that could signal the doom of mankind. She must go undercover in the toughest role of her life to stop the truth coming out. But she is not the only person forced to confront hard truths and to make decisions that could have deadly consequences. Human and alien, they will come to learn that what they believed is not as important as what is the right thing to do.

Told in multiple point of views, this is a unique take on the alien invasion trope, with the Criterion advocate, Aries, standing out as the star. Having lived all her life on Earth, she is not as resigned to her impending retirement as she should be for her kind and seeks to make a difference in the short time she has left to her. The other characters are all interesting, but I often found it hard to believe their reactions to life changing events. To have your whole world turned upside down, and to easily slide into the new role thrust upon her, made Kethryn seem less real to me. But despite that it was still a fascinating read, and one that posed a question for me of where humanity might be headed if no one like the Criterion shows up to save us at the last minute. 

Rating:  4

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