Review: The Terraformers by Annalee Newitz

Author: Annalee Newitz
Publisher: Tor Books
Released: January 31, 2023
Received: NetGalley

4 kitties

Book Summary:

Destry is on planet Sask-E with a very specific mission – preventing ecosystems from collapsing. As such, she’s here to terraform a world that’s similar enough to Earth to pass. At least, that’s the hope. There’s only one problem – she’s come across a clay that shouldn’t exist.

Meanwhile, centuries into the future, Misha is working hard to build a transit system on Sask-E. While working, he and his engineer come across a deep dark secret of the planet. This secret could destroy everything they know about the planet.

My Review:

Okay guys, if you’re looking for a science fiction novel that will suck you in and refuse to let go, you’ve got to check out The Terraformers. I’m not just saying that because I loved the environmentalism elements (though there is that). It’s everything!

Whoever marketed The Terraformers as a book perfect for Martha Wells fans was spot on. This book is perfection. It’s split into two timelines – the past and the far future. Together they help us understand the extraordinary set of circumstances that kick off a mystery of the century (or several, in this case).

Not only is this book a blast to read, but it really makes you stop and think. The heavy focus on the characters makes it feel deeply personal, even while dealing with such a massive scale. I highly recommend it to all readers.


  • Speculative Fiction
  • LGBT+
  • Science Fiction
  • Environmentalism Themes
  • Martha Wells Vibes

Trigger Warnings:

  • Environmental Concerns

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

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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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