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Title: Out of the Silent Planet
Author: C. S. Lewis
Series: Space Trilogy
EBN Category: A famous author’s lesser known work
Content Warning: Some mild language
In the first novel of C.S. Lewis’s classic science fiction trilogy, Dr Ransom, a Cambridge academic, is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. His captors are plotting to plunder the planet’s treasures and plan to offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures who live there. Ransom discovers he has come from the ‘silent planet’ – Earth – whose tragic story is known throughout the universe…
C. S. Lewis is easily one of my top 5 favorite authors, so I was excited to read something new by him. Unfortunately, this was not really my cup of tea. The plot was bogged down by lengthy descriptions of alien topography, physiology, and language lessons, and the few moments of actual movement were rather anticlimactic. It had a small bit of implied spirituality—one of the things I love most about Lewis’ work—but it was nowhere near as poignant as I usually find his work to be. I won’t be reading the rest of this trilogy.
Score: (2 / 5)