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Days of Iron: Russell Proctor

Monday, July 11, 2011
In the future, genetic engineering has created three species of humans. Homo sapiens – the Sapes – are the masters. The Sirians are savage and insular. And the Helots are slaves, denied even the right to breed. Humanity in all its forms has spread out into the galaxy, ruled by the all-powerful Syndicate of Galactic Corporations. But the Syndicate refuses to share technology beyond the ruling Elite. For Maddy Hawthorn, a Sape colonist, the peaceful life she had planned at Barnard’s Star is torn apart when she becomes involved in a terrorist plot to destroy the stranglehold of the Elite over the other races. Pursued by the military and the Syndicate’s agents, Maddy and her companions mount a desperate attack on the centre of control in the galaxy, an obscure planet on the fringes of known space. Maddy must fight a ruthless regime to survive, but her own past demons might be the most dangerous threat of all.

Amazon Review

This is a very intriguing science fiction novel.  The main character has the type of personality that forces people to sit up and pay attention.  The plot is unique and fast-paced.  The author combines many factors to form a very intricate and detailed plot.  There are many questions left unanswered, the reader will hope this is deliberate, as it may mean that this novel will turn into a series!  The reader will find the cruelty and cold-bloodedness of the regime horrifying and a terrific antagonist.  The Helots, an entire population, is suppressed and not allowed to breed.  This topic is particularly endearing to the reader, there is a clear cut wrong and right to this novel.  Overall, even non or new science fiction fans will find some quality of this novel to enjoy.  This book is recommended for young adults/adults who enjoy the science aspect of fiction and a powerful main character. 

4 stars


  1. Darlene said...:

    Hi, Krystal! I just posted my review for this book as well. I liked your review! You can read my review here if you like:

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Thanks, I found yours interesting too :) ~Krystal