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At the same time the moon disappears, all radio communication to and from the planet Happiness is blocked. An unseen force destroys any craft that tries to leave Happiness. During the investigation into the missing moon, there are encounters with love affairs and divination.

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Happiness is a planet with a moon, but it’s disappeared. At the same time as the moon vanishes all radio communication to and from the planet is blocked. An unseen force destroys any craft that tries to leave.

Those investigating the critical situation seem distracted by their own scientific and political ambitions. Chief Inspector Eldon Boone is after a gang of fraudsters, ex-gymnast Petra Fanne craves a life in the City, and Tulla Yorke seeks friendly contact with another intergalactic species. Between some of the humans there is love, or at least the beginnings of love.

Overcoming the unknown is critical to the survival of Happiness. Can its citizens ever leave their system again? Or are they destined to a live forever trapped on their home planet?

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FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Exploration




The Unmaking of Heaven

1 review for Happiness

  1. Geoff Nelder

    This is Sam Smith’s second novel in the five-part science fiction series, towards the unMaking of Heaven. I enjoyed the first in the series, Balant, about three young men marooned on a sometimes hostile planet, and so eagerly anticipated a good read with Happiness. I was not disappointed. Again this is a young adult novel but with such intelligent writing in the subplots and philosophical explorations that adults would benefit from its read.
    Happiness is a strange name for a planet, but like most bizarre appellations for people and places, the reader soon feels they’ve known it for years. Indeed the planet’s population are far from happy when they discover their moon disappears overnight along with the ability to send and receive radio transmissions to nearby planets. Like all good mysteries the oddities increase before solutions begin to show themselves. The story is told through the experiences of a dozen characters lending their experiences and unique take on the events so the reader can form his or her own opinion. Not all the viewpoint characters survive — this is no soft story, but a mix of survival and a search for answers.
    A game I play in reading novels is to seek phrases I wish I’d written. Sam Smith doesn’t disappoint me. Savour this worldly-wise assertion: ‘Munred … became a participant in one of Mankind’s greatest exercises in futility — a self-perpetuating folly — namely the gaining of experience.’ It is this kind of stick-pointing at the norm that I love about Sam Smith’s writing. Again: ‘Policemen are not scientists. If they are expert in any field it is in applied psychology.’ So apt.
    Once again Sam Smith has taken me to a strange planet and made me care what happened to its population and indeed, its moon. A thoroughly recommended read to any science fiction fan and young reader of adventure, imagination and mystery.

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