Red Sails In The Fallout, by Paul Kidd

During all the hullabaloo of moving and its stress, I asked Cheyenne and Sniffles if they had something funny to read. Cheyenne immediately brought me a paperback. It is a Gamma World novel. Prior to this I didn’t know anything about Gamma World. Now I know it’s a role playing game system and there are a lot of mutants and mutations. You don’t need to know anything about the game in order to enjoy this story. It is just that good!

Red Sails in the Fallout is a novel of friendships, high adventure on the high sands, and thwarting an attempt at world domination by a lone human male – Benek.

Out heroes are a quoll, Xoota; and a lab rat, Shaani. Xoota is an adventurer and rides around the great sands on an over-sized budgie named, of course, Budgie. While out on one of her explorations, Xoota finds someone, Shaani, in a radiation rich zone. However, Shaani, being a lab rat, she is immune to radiation! Also, being a firm believer in science, Shaani becomes the brain of the duo and Xoota the brawn.

We should also mention an ear-wig swarm collectively known as Wig-wig who has much gleeeee! Throughout the novel. Thanks to Wig-wig’s healing abilities, the party actually makes it through the story mostly intact!

Yes, the animals are anthropomorphic, but there isn’t anything sexual about the novel or the animals themselves other than having a gender and determined to save their town of Watering Hole which is running out of water.

The landscape’s description is well-described and aids in putting you in the center of the action. Soon on in the story you realize you’re on the Australian continent and there is much to do in order to stay alive, most of which is have water and Watering Hole is running out of fresh water because salt is beginning to contaminate it.

Shaani, being a lab rat and scientist, declares they – she and Xoota – can solve the problem. In order to solve the problem, though, they need to go a fair distance in as little time as possible to save Watering Hole’s inhabitants.

Enter Benek.

Benek is a “perfect human”. He has muscles, long flowing hair, and a cleft in his chin. He has satellite images of women in cryo-chambers in the general vicinity to where Xoota and Shaani need to go. He also has enough water to get them there and back. Why does he want to go to the cryo-chambers? Because it is his duty to re-populate the world with humans single-handed (and some help from women and their wombs)! It is his moral duty to re-start the human race!

This isn’t his sole reason for going, of course, but you need to discover this for yourself. You also need to know why Wig-wig is the Greatest Insect of All Time….

Get it. Read it. Laugh. Enjoy.

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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About Henrietta Handy

I am a Kentucky mountain girl far from home, perhaps far from the girl years. I am an aspiring writer with a wonderful husband who puts up with this writing and reading addiction I have. He also puts up with all of the yarn and knitting. I have four canine children and a ton of friends I love dearly. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 2 1/2 and have still managed to have a good life despite all the pain. So, I invite you to join me in this journey and just possibly have fun along the way.
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