Red Sands by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Red SandsSource: ARC from author
Format: Kindle ebook
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

Jeff and his little brother David are alone. Their parents have disappeared along with the rest of the world, replaced by glowing blue orbs and a terrifying army of aliens.

But the boys are survivors. Living in the tunnels beneath the White Sands military base, escaping from hungry aliens, and searching for supplies, they hatch a plan. The boys will fight back, and before they’re through the white sands will run red with blood.

This novella tells us more about what happened to Jeff and David, the young brothers abandoned at the Edwards Air Force Base when the Organics arrive, before they met up with members of the team from the Cheyenne Biosphere. We also follow a bit more of Dr. Hoffman’s thoughts and reactions as he flies away from Earth, destination Mars.

Smith does a great job of seeing the events through a kid’s eyes. He masks the terror and gore (which we should know well from the other ORBS stories) out well, only giving the kids as much as they can handle. Yet he doesn’t quite let up on the kids either; there are a few tough choices for them to make. I also really appreciated getting into Hoffman’s head a bit more, and seeing that he actually does have doubts. He’s done his best, but has his best been enough?

Another well-written story that fills out the ORBS story.

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