Book review: “Saturn Run” by John Sandford and Ctein

Basic Info



In the year 2066, a spaceship is spotted entering orbit around the planet Saturn. The world’s major superpowers, the United States and China, race to be the first to get to Saturn in the hopes of gaining access to alien tech that would be years – maybe centuries – ahead of anything on earth. Two very different ships set out, one Chinese and one American. What they will find at Saturn and whether either crew will ever return intact is unknown.

Meanwhile, back on earth, the political machines of both the Americans and the Chinese have agendas that may well prove more dangerous than anything the explorers may encounter in space.


I read this book because it was recommended to me as being similar to The Martian by Andy Weir. I was disappointed. While there was some science, the book focused more on politics, especially between the United States and China (in the future years of 2066-68). Only a handful of the characters got fleshed out enough to come to life, and I found most of them unlikeable. This is the only book I’ve read by John Sandford, so I can’t say how it compares to the rest of his work. The concept behind the story is very interesting, and I appreciate the hard work that must have gone into making the science plausible, but I found the story itself to be somewhat dull and the characters and plot frustrating.