I am a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and I stumbled upon Anderson's work accidentally through End of Summer, book 1 in another of his riveting series (coincidentally, I read that one right before the beginning of the Covid pandemic). One thing I require in any fiction or science fiction book: realism and continuity. The created world needs to make sense. End of Summer checked all those boxes, and more. Once I finished that book I was hungry for more, so I looked for more of Anderson's work and began the Eden Chronicles. Again, I was hooked for the same reasons, and believe me after devouring the first two books, I was looking forward to the release of New Shores!
In New Shores, Anderson once again sets the scene in an easily-visualized way, continuing the story of already loved characters as they struggle to create a community that is safe and balanced for every member, no matter who they are or where they come from. Anderson's background gives him a step up in these books, but he also has the talent to present technical details that add texture and depth to the characters and to the story itself without turning off the non-informed reader. I found it easy to become involved with the characters in all of his books, cheering their successes and grieving with them when things didn't go quite as planned.
The Eden Chronicles series, while a work of fiction, is not only entertainment. I find the series also reminds me that we need to be awake, we need to support each other, and it inspires me to remember that humanity is more than the sum of its individual parts, capable of amazing things.
The best thing about New Shores? The story is not over. If you like fiction that captures the imagination, grab this one!