Rift (Mass Market Paperbound)

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There is a fine line between transformation and ruin....

Twenty-four-year-old Reeve Calder has spent his life on a high-tech space station, watching as terraforming gradually fails on his home planet of Lithia--a failure that has doomed the colonists stranded there to short, brutish lives. Reeve's dream has always been to rebuild Lithia. But when a mysterious explosion destroys the station, forcing Reeve to crash-land on Lithia's blood-hued soil, he soon learns that the reality of saving a dying planet is quite different from what he imagined. For Gabriel Bonhert, former captain of the space station, has set in motion a world cataclysm, using a fatal probe that will travel down the fiery pathway of a deep mantle plume.

Now, to save the homeland he has never known, Reeve is caught in a race against time to reach Bonhert's base in the Rift Valley, a remote volcanic gateway to the hidden heart of Lithia. His staunchest ally may be a feral girl who alone seems enthralled by what Lithia is becoming, and whose enigmatic past holds the key to startling possibilities. As the old Lithia struggles to be reborn in a tide of toxic red flora creeping across the oxygen-starved planet, Reeve forges onward, coming into conflict with savage enclaves of colonists, a doomsday genemorphing cult, and a mysterious alien race with its own intentions for the planet--intentions that may include humanity's slavery or their terrible transformation....

Praise For…


"[Kenyon's] characters are realistic and complicated, her plots are wondrously detailed and beautifully realized, her vision is unique and dead-on startling."
--Statesman Journal, Salem, OR

Don't miss the other mesmerizing books by Kay Kenyon:

Leap Point:

"An extraordinary genre writing achievement--exciting, involving, chilling, comic, deeply disturbing and altogether enthralling...Leap Point should firmly establish [Kenyon] as among the very finest science fiction writers in the nation."
--Statesman Journal, Salem, OR

"Intricately plotted...The author skillfully blends people and events in an isolated, alfalfa-growing small town with out-of-this-world happenings and galactic beings."
--The Third Age

The Seeds Of Time:

"A fast-moving plot and a memorable heroine. You couldn't ask for a better first novel."
--Mike Resnick

"Kenyon has created a winning heroine, a gripping adventure, and a setting that shows some imaginative thinking on current theories of Earth's ecological ruin and of time travel."
--Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780553580235
ISBN-10: 055358023X
Publisher: Spectra Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 1999
Pages: 528
Language: English