Ian Connors struggles to save the girl of his dreams and escape the corruption surrounding him - otherwise there is no future for either of them. He must take charge of his life or he will remain a pawn and forever separated from those he loves.
The story takes place in the future about a hundred years after the people of Earth decided to abandon the colonies of Mars. This happened due to Earth’s population problems and a dwindling of their own resources. Over time, the scientific colonies evolved into military factions. The leaders of Marscorp believe that by conquering smaller organizations they will be able to gain enough power to force their way back to Earth. They seek to use Ian for his psychic ability in order to complete their mission.
Vallar is a good, solid science fiction story. It's the age-old struggle between the power-hungry leaders and the common man. This novel would have been enjoyable set in any genre, as it covers the basics of a good tale. There is the powers that be in the corporation using the talents of a young man, Ian. He is loyal to the company that has raised him, until his talents show him there are other people out there. Companies that treat their workers and the planet better. There's romance, loyal friendships, betrayal, an underdog to root for. The book is about the struggle of mankind to survive, but to do it under humane circumstances.
As for the characters, the protagonist was well written. Ian grows in maturity throughout as he learns life isn't quite what it seems in the corporation that controls him. The rest could have benefited from a little more work to make them more three-dimensional, but still they were easy to like, or hate as the case may be.
Vallar is an enjoyable read, and if you like science fiction, give this one a try.
*Disclaimer: I received this book from the author through LibraryThing. I was not required to write a positive review.
Paperback: 380 Pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (April 14, 2011)
File Size: 434 kb