Science Fiction Adventure – Can Beth and her friends navigate through treacherous skies to reach safety?

They’re a million miles from home. And someone is lying to them.

The transport ship Orion is four months out of Earth when catastrophe strikes – leaving the ship stranded in deep space.

With incredible twists and turns and an action-packed story, this is a thrilling unputdownable adventure.

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Paarth, Kegs

This book was great…no dare I say it…perfect! I have always loved science fiction media and this book does not disappoint. The characters are well built up and the plot is engaging. I was not able to put the book down and read it all in one go. The only thing bad about this book is that there is no sequel. 10/10 would recommend for anyone!

Matthew, Moulsham High School

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was so exciting I struggled to stop reading. The amount of plot twists in the book, I found myself raring to find how it ends. So many things went wrong, I could hardly imagine a happy ending! 10/10. I would recommend for everyone.

William Kegs

This has been my favourite book of them all so far. When reading my favourite books I will read for 60 minutes and get through 150 pages without looking up, this was one of them. Absolutely brilliant. I don’t usually read sci-fi books but after this one I will definitely be reading more!!!

Freddie, Moulsham High School

This book is amazing.

I might be a slow reader but this book makes me want to read faster. I haven’t even finished it yet but I still love it! It’s funny, it’s adventurous and I love space (even tho’ it is a deadly, black vacuum). My question for the other is what was your inspiration and why space?

Will Moulsham High School

I have really enjoyed this book. It has been a big mystery and I didn’t want to put it down. This book was amazing and was broken up into little pieces to not give it away too early. I would recommend this book to anyone!

Lilliana, Moulsham High School

This book was beyond amazing. The character build up was engaging and the story was incredibly creative. loved this book and couldn’t put it down until it was too late to stay up. I’ll admit the first chapter wasn’t the most engaging, but as soon as I got past that it was so hard to put it down. I would love to see a second book!

One question I have for the author is what inspired the character ‘vihann’?

I would definitely recommend this book. 10/10!

Selinna, Moulsham High School

I really enjoyed this book. It was exciting and very suspenseful. There was loads of plot twists which made it extremely interesting.

I don’t usually read Science Fiction but this was awesome. I would definitely recommend to anyone and everyone!

One question I have for the author is how did you get your inspiratiom?

Sofia, Moulsham High School

I really enjoyed this book with it’s many plot twists and the tension building up was both engaging and frustrating as I wanted to know what was yet to come. It was action-packed and although I dont usually enjoy science fiction books, I was not let down by this.

One question for the author is what should the crew do in a sequel?

Tom, Moulsham High School

I really liked Orion Lost with all the different plot twists and a lot of expected problems. I never wanted to put it down. I really liked the sci-fi themd and how it was set in space. I give it 10/10 as I loved it. Please tell me when a sequel comes out? Have you written any other books?


This book is amazing, its probably even more than that! Its absolutley fantastic, mindblowing. All the characters were amazing and each had different roles. The plot was brilliant and kept me occupied on the weekends. I would highly recommend this book for 10+ years old and those who especially love space and sci fi. I was never into sci fi until today. 9/10

Olivia M @mhs

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The relatable situations and sense of mystery and adventure kept me going. This book was so hard to put down that i read it in a total of 2-3 hours. AMAZING WOUlD THOROUGHlY RECOMMEND TO ALL!!!! My question to the author would be what inspired such a massive plot twist and turn in the book and storyline

Frank KEGS

The plot here was simply sublime , with lots of mystery and twists and turns and immensely captivating. Although I didn’t find the characters themselves particularly interesting, the amazing plot pulled me through to the end. This was greatly helped by the mystery in there. A really compelling book with an astonishing storyline, that’s slightly let down by underdeveloped characters. 9/10

Sophie, Great Easton Primary School

This book is a brilliant sci-fi story that every child would love. With an unforeseen storyline and filled to the brim with adventure, I would definitely recommend it to others.

Megan MHS

Oh my goodness, this book was amazing and some! I don’t usually choose to read science fiction, it’s not my favourite genre, but this book was definitely an exception. It’s an exciting tale of 6 ordinary children using teamwork and willpower to overcome all of the obstacles that are being thrown at them, but they don’t always get it right. One of the best things about it is the brilliant techniques the author used for intensity and tension, I really felt like I was on board a space ship millions of miles from our solar system having plot twist after… Read more »

Kylesh A, KEGS

This is a suspenseful story about 6 children trying to navigate their way home, but with some obstacles along the way!

I normally do not enjoy sci-fi books, but this one was extraordinary.This book kept me on the edge of my seat and is constantly full of suspicion as you don’t know who to trust. I would rate it 10/10.

Luke, Great Easton Primary School

It was really good. It had lots of twists. You never knew who to trust. There was a wide range of characters. You could never really see the plot before it happened – it wasn’t predictable. All the bad characters had something to gain from what they were doing. They weren’t just cardboard cut-out evil villains. I liked that they saved themselves – it looked like a hero figure was going to save them but then he turned out to be evil so they had to do it themselves. I thought it was clever how the author got the grown-ups… Read more »

Sushant L KEGS

What an amazing book this is. I was reading non-stop and just couldn’t let go of it. This book is definitely a competitor. Especially the twist.

The author definitely should consider writing a sequel. If so, I can’t wait for it.

Nipun I. KEGS

Beth is on board the Orion, with her family, on a journey to their new life chapter- Eos Five, a dwarf star where they would let life settle. The distance means that they are forced to continuously perform Jumps, and travel faster. But when one of these Jumps goes mysteriously wrong, Beth and her friends are on the task of saving the crew! The problem is: somebody is lying to them, and doing this becomes much harder… I must say, this is an amazing book! The author has involved so many twists in the main plot itself, that the sense… Read more »

Oscar, KEGS

This is a fantastical tale about a handful of children on a mission to save their family on a spaceship (funnily enough located in space!)
A sci-fi thriller, this book really hit the mark. Chisholm’s writing style is superb, always building suspense and tension. However, I do not like the cliff-hanger that the book ends on, and I hope Chisholm writes a sequel! A solid 9/10!


Great space-themed book. Science fiction books are a very good theme of books.

Olivia Clayton hall academy

I did not like this book at all. It moved extremely slowly and nothing happened in the first few chapters apart from the main character walking around. I really gave this book a chance but gave up halfway through. Would not recommend to anyone, especially people who like a fast pace book.

Bala, CCHS

Orion’s Lost is such a spectacular book! I couldn’t even put it down once I’d started reading it. Even the front cover intrigues me, from the first page it sucks me into this whirlwind of mystery and adventure. Its riveting plot twists and cliff hangers leave me wondering what would happen next… I wish I could keep reading this forever! I myself am not a big fan of Science Fiction, but this book has to be an exception, I haven’t read anything as captivating as this in such a long time. Now I am looking forward to reading more books… Read more »

Vihaan KEGs

Orion lost is an intriguing, science-fiction book. It is a great read and an unputdownable journey through the cosmos. Some parts of the story are overly fictitious to swallow; others make your nerves twitch with apprehension. I enjoyed reading the book very much and would rate it a solid 8 or 9/10. If you are the type of person who loves mystery and trickery, then this is the book for you.  

Daniella, Year 7 - Harris Academy Ockendon

Orion lost Overall, my opinion about Orion Lost was that it was that it was quite pulling; however, at the same time, it wasn’t very clear. The explanation (for my accusation was that the author – Alastair Chisholm – should have described how the jump worked more thoroughly, as the words he used wasn’t enough to picture the image in my mind. As the consequence, I had half or less of an Image, making me have to read the sentence a couple of times for me to absorb the description. Luckily, with each passing chapter, the sentences were linking each… Read more »

Edith Moulsham high school

This book is very exciting all though it does leave it on a cliff hanger a sequal would be great recommended for sure.