This book made me think of a few of your libraries that had Science fiction readers. I know of several “teenage” boys that will be very interested in this book. Other than that, this is going to be a tough book for just about anyone to read. It you liked Robin Parrish’s Relentless/Merciless/Fearless series you may want to read this as the writing style is the same, but that is where the comparison ends.
Offworld is straight Sci-fi. When our first Mars mission lands back on earth everyone is gone. Not just humans, but animals, birds, fish, insects… you get the idea. Chris Burke is the mission leader and he is trying to keep his little group from going completely off the deep end. Their families are missing and something seems to be trying to keep them from figuring out what is going on. Trisha, Terry, and Owen are just as puzzled by this all as Chris is. (by the way “writing” about myself in the third person is very weird:-)
They are able to figure out enough to see that they need to head out and find the source of what is going on. This is one of those books that you need to let the over the top things go. It is completely unbelievable in spots, which overall is what the book is all about…
This is not an easy book to read because of the over the top issues, but it is all explained in the book. I think the Sci-Fi readers will enjoy the concept of this book and the imagination it brings out. What would it be like to come back to that experience? Where is everyone you love? Where are the animals and what could cause this to happen? Like I said, thought provoking, but different stuff than what you normally think of.