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Guest Post: And I Read Review of Hella by David Gerrold

Hi all, I’m bringing you another guest review from And I Read of Hella! There are so many good books in the world, sometimes I need some help to get to them all. That’s where I have my guest reviewers who help me! Keep reading to find out what one of them thought about Hella!


Hella is a planet where everything is oversized—especially the ambitions of the colonists.

The trees are mile-high, the dinosaur herds are huge, and the weather is extreme—so extreme, the colonists have to migrate twice a year to escape the blistering heat of summer and the atmosphere-freezing cold of winter.

Kyle is a neuro-atypical young man, emotionally challenged, but with an implant that gives him real-time access to the colony’s computer network, making him a very misunderstood savant. When an overburdened starship arrives, he becomes the link between the established colonists and the refugees from a ravaged Earth.

The Hella colony is barely self-sufficient. Can it stand the strain of a thousand new arrivals, bringing with them the same kinds of problems they thought they were fleeing?

Despite the dangers to himself and his family, Kyle is in the middle of everything—in possession of the most dangerous secret of all. Will he be caught in a growing political conspiracy? Will his reawakened emotions overwhelm his rationality? Or will he be able to use his unique ability to prevent disaster?


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Ever wondered how an ant perceives the world? Is it constantly afraid to get trampled or is it constantly plagued by earthquakes caused by humans? Hella tries to give you a glimpse of how such a world could look like. Humans are tiny and constantly have to be on the lookout for animals many times their own size. The general idea of the book is quite fascinating. Humans are fleeing earth and looking for a new start on a faraway planet. They try their best not to repeat the mistakes made back home.

At times the book reminds me of how the older Star Trek shows were meant to be perceived. The story itself is written from the perspective of Kyle, which is reflected in the way the sentences are structured. They are deliberately kept short and comparatively simple. It’s something that you will notice at the beginning, but after a while, it does fit the character and overall story. So it’s a nice touch that brings you closer to his perspective. Overall a good book that I can recommend to anyone interested in reading science fiction.

Find Hella on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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