Book 1: Earth Quarantined series

World peace came with rules. We've just broken them.

Kethryn Miller is an award-winning actress, destined to rule State Seven of a unified Earth, but nothing will prepare her for the role she’ll take on when a strange woman who shouldn’t be alive turns up in the city, threatening to expose the lies that have kept peace on Earth for 200 years.

In the year 2055, millions of humans were wiped out by a deadly virus. Our desire and need to get off the planet and into space became our highest priority. However, before any ships could be launched, First Contact was made by an alien race called the Criterion. To prevent this deadly virus from getting into space, they placed Earth under quarantine. Then they herded us into cities so they could control our dying population and the planet’s resources. They saved us.

They also rule over us. And we've let them because, for the past three hundred years, they've been offering us the technology to get into space. Yet, we're still here on this dying planet.

The Criterion are lying to us.

What they don’t know is that we’re lying to them.


If you like dystopian thrillers that turn conventional ideas about space exploration on their head, stories with twists and turns, and thought-provoking reads, then you'll enjoy D L Richardson's first book in the Earth Quarantined series.

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Book 1 : Earth Quarantined

Book 3 : coming soon


"Each side hides secrets from each other and the author cleverly reveals each one as the story progresses."

Netgalley reviewer

"This is a unique take on the alien invasion trope, with the Criterion advocate, Aries, standing out as the star."

Aussie Speculative Fiction

"A sci-fi thriller that manages to turn conventional ideas about space exploration, global conflict, and even freedom itself on their head. Fans of Nick Webb may find a new favorite in D.L. Richardson." Best Thrillers

"Earth Quarantined is unpredictable and extremely engaging. I was fully captivated by the futuristic world that D L Richardson has creatively built. Readers will find Earth Quarantined to be compelling, thought-provoking, and gripping" Chick-Lit Cafe

"I found this science fiction novel exceptionally engrossing, and can't wait to read it again." Haunted Reading Room reviews

"Author D.L. Richardson takes a really interesting concept here, subverting the ideas of both alien invasion and space travel to make Earth and its inhabitants into the captive species." Readers Favorite

“Told from several points of view, humans, and aliens, the story moves along quickly as tension builds, leading to an unknown future, different from anything humans have experienced since the arrival of the Criterion. Short chapters keep the pace lively and I found myself reading faster and faster, eager to find out what would happen next. Now, I’m eagerly anticipating Book 2, Earth Arrested.” Buried Under Books

"This was a very good Sci-fi novel. Part end of the world and part alien invasion. The author did an amazing job interconnecting characters through their individual voices and painting a realistic picture of what it's like to live in the station and in the alien-controlled cities." Netgalley 

"A very interesting book. Aliens come and help earth escape it's death throes. Book had me guessing until the end. Well thought out plot." Netgalley

"Great read till the end. Looking forward to the next book in the series." Netgalley

"Really nice touches with technology, scenery, and different settings really come alive." Goodreads

"I really enjoyed this story. Really good plot to the story. Very well written. Would highly recommend it to anyone who likes this kind of story. Can't wait to read more from this author." Goodreads

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Book details:

Release date: Nov 15, 2018

Publisher: D L Richardson books

Format: Ebook and Paperback

Ebook ASIN: B07K2K7BWF

Paperback ISBN: 9781644675359

Number of pages: 423 (Ebook) 328 (paperback)