by John B. Olson
Series: Oxygen #1
368 pages, Science Fiction
Reviewed by Preciousjewl

A dream come true, as it is hard to find good science fiction books.


Microbial Ecologist Valkerie Jansen is presented with a wondering opportunity: to become a member of the NASA Corps of astronauts.

But dreams turn to nightmares as an explosion cripples the spacecraft on its voyage home. The crew soon realizes that there is a saboteur aboard. But who is it? Who can Valkerie trust?


Valkerie is the only Christian on the crew, making it hard for her to adjust as the other members make fun of her belief. But despite this, she is able to stick to her faith, trusting God. One of the members is extremely sick, causing him to react irrationally. He does try to apologize for his actions, showing that he is trying to control his behavior in spite of the sickness. I do think that this character is shown in a bad light by the author, who is not really being sypmathetic to the character's illness.

Spiritual Content

Valkerie is able to introduce Christianity to one of the members, but she finds herself struggling with the fact that she may find life on Mars. It introduces some great discussions on whether God would allow life to grow on Mars or not.


Kennedy attacks Valkerie several times, caused by an unknown sickness. He also shakes her violently in another scene. There is mild violence in the spacecraft as it leaves earth.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content

NASA has birth control pills in Valkerie and Lex's bags, but it is merely mentioned somewhat crudely by Kennedy in passing.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Kennedy utters some "curses," leers at Valkerie several times, and tries to grab Valkerie for obvious intentions before Bob stops him.


This is definitely a Christian sci-fi book I can be proud to show to friends: it is very clean, and has some good pure romance that is hard to find sometimes.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: adult

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