Review: Neptune by Ben Bova

Series: The Grand Tour #25
Author: Ben Bova
Publisher: Tor Books
Released: August 17, 2021
Received: NetGalley

3 1/2 kitties

Neptune is the twenty-fifth (yes, you read that right!) novel in Ben Bova’s The Grand Tour series. For the sake of honesty, I have to confess that I have not read the rest of this series. However, I was too curious to pass up the opportunity to give it a try regardless!

Set in a far future where humanity has dispersed among the stars – literally. The outer planets, such as Neptune, are in the process of being settled, though naturally, they come with their own set of challenges. The planet’s atmosphere alone would create enough issues.

Enter Derek Humbolt – famous space explorer. Her ship is heading to Neptune, in part to check on the early settles. Only instead of the settlers, they find something else. Something that is going to throw their plans way off course.

Neptune is a novel with an infinite amount of potential. It makes me want to see what the rest of the series is like, truth be told. I can’t imagine what the other twenty-four books much be like! Other than to assume that they cover the other planets in the solar system.

Overall, this was a quick and interesting read. I enjoyed the creativity in Bova’s writing, though I’ll admit that I wish there was more character development. There’s a lot going on, but not a whole lot of emotional attachment to any of it, which was an odd sensation.

Still, I found the novel to be worth reading and will probably check out the rest of the series should I ever find enough time to do so.

Thanks to Tor Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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