The Martian meets Interstellar in the new sci-fi thriller from A.G. Riddle, the worldwide bestselling author with over FOUR MILLION COPIES SOLD and translations in two dozen languages.A new ice age on Earth.A mysterious object in space.And a desperate mission to save humanity from extinction.Each month, Earth grows colder. Snow falls in summer. Glaciers trample cities across North America, Europe, and Asia.Chaos erupts. Around the world, people abandon their homes, fleeing the cold, flocking to regions where they can survive the new ice age.Nations prepare to go to war for the world’s last habitable zones.NASA and other scientific organizations search for answers. Why is the world cooling when they expected it to grow warmer? They send probes into the solar system to collect readings. Out there, in the dark expanse of space, they find something no one expected: a mysterious object, drifting toward the sun. Could it be responsible for the new ice age? And if so, can we stop it? Or is the artifact merely an observer? Or neither? Could it be a relic from a long extinct civilization? One thing is certain: investigating the object is humanity’s best hope of survival.As the ice age claims more lives and the world slides into anarchy, an international consortium launches a mission into space to study the object and make contact. But the first contact mission doesn’t go as planned. What the crew discovers out there is beyond anyone’s imagination.Two members of the first contact mission may hold the keys to humanity’s salvation. Dr. Emma Matthews is the commander aboard the International Space Station. For months, she has watched the world below freeze and civilization unravel. The headlines tell only half of the story. The messages from her sister tell the rest, of a world witnessing mass migrations, fighting for survival, struggling to provide a future for their children. When a catastrophe strikes the ISS, Emma faces her own fight for survival.Dr. James Sinclair is one of the greatest scientists alive. A mind before his time. Years ago, he invented something with the potential to change the world--an invention that would upset the balance of power in the world forever. Fearing that change, his enemies sent him to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. But with humanity’s future at stake, NASA asks him to join the first contact mission. His expertise is vital to the mission’s success--and to saving Emma. With the clock ticking down to humanity’s final days on Earth, James makes a decision that will change his life forever, and may determine the fate of the entire human race.
Winter World (The Long Winter #1) Review
- January 1, 1970KateI knew I'd love this and I did. A compelling apocalyptic tale, set half on a freezing Earth and the other half in space on the trail of mysterious alien artefacts. Perfect premise, although occasionally a little confused during the moments of extreme action. There will be a book 2, I believe, but Winter World ends completely satisfactorily. 4-4.5 stars. Review to follow on For Winter Nights.more
- January 1, 1970SimonSolid Opening GambitHaving meant to try one of Riddle's books for some time I finally took the plunge with Winter's World, first of a two-book series set in a future where the Earth is dying during a mysterious ice age like phenomenon which threatens all of mankind. It's good fun too, written from the dual perspectives of the two lead characters, a sassy astronaut commander, Dr Emma Matthews and a brilliant and enigmatic scientist of robotics, Dr James SInclair. This dual POV format worked very Solid Opening GambitHaving meant to try one of Riddle's books for some time I finally took the plunge with Winter's World, first of a two-book series set in a future where the Earth is dying during a mysterious ice age like phenomenon which threatens all of mankind. It's good fun too, written from the dual perspectives of the two lead characters, a sassy astronaut commander, Dr Emma Matthews and a brilliant and enigmatic scientist of robotics, Dr James SInclair. This dual POV format worked very well with the two narrators who deliver high-quality work throughout and this setup very much added to my enjoyment of the interplay between them.The story itself has plenty of action played of course against the highest of stakes, as befits a good apocalyptic thriller. I really enjoyed how Riddle developed the overall story arc making this a very satisfying read with a suitable conclusion for its own story while also setting the scene for the follow-up, Solar War. However, the publisher talking about this being The Martian meeting Interstellar is possibly setting expectations a little high albeit there is some stylistic truth there. For who they were the characters came over a little soft for me and I thought Riddle's pacing was a little variable with really major things like the emergence of a miraculous rescue mission over in a few sentences while family dramas received protracted coverage. So, I wouldn't quite attach it to books of the calibre of The Martian myself.It is an entertaining listen though and it does the job of a series opener very well by completing its own story arc and setting an intriguing scene for the conclusion with a mostly action-packed journey along the way.more
- January 1, 1970TerryRead it!First, the fact that Mr. Riddle wrote this whole his beloved mother fought for her life is evident, once you know the real life back story. There were so many references to accepting the bodies we have, and final outcomes, and the number of times people thought dead turned up living --- it was all partially the truth, and partially wishful thinking. My heart goes out to the entire family. The novel was fascinating. I,too, have long thought that our species is on the very edge of another Read it!First, the fact that Mr. Riddle wrote this whole his beloved mother fought for her life is evident, once you know the real life back story. There were so many references to accepting the bodies we have, and final outcomes, and the number of times people thought dead turned up living --- it was all partially the truth, and partially wishful thinking. My heart goes out to the entire family. The novel was fascinating. I,too, have long thought that our species is on the very edge of another major evolutionary jump. Back in college, the evo debate was between punctuated equilibrium vs. changes that occurred over millions of years. I believed then, and now, in punctuated ...or big evo leaps with millions of years between them. Our next jump? We lose our biology and become ...hmmmm, to simplify things ... Digital! Sorta. 😆 Post-singularity! Could be tomorrow. Could've already happened! How I wish I was going to be around for the huge step! Alas, like Mr. Russell's mother, I've got some rare crap happening. but no transplant would ever work. I saved quite a few lines from this book, just wrote them in my journal. Riddle writes much better than I! This book is great, but it's barely scifi; it's much more real than hardly anyone realizes. So many secrets in our world but some things are simpIy self-evident! The grid? More likely than not! The rest? Who says it's not already happening ... but without war? Read the novel. You'll see what I mean! Not sure there's a need for book two but ...??? Great entertainment if nothing else.TEN STARS!! ∆~~RIP, ma'am ~~∆more
- January 1, 1970Tracey MccallOutstandingI loved this book , I felt like I couldn't put it down. Well written, with outstanding detail. Winter has come to. This world and is taking over everything billions have died and the world's only hope is a dr. Imprisoned for developing technology the world didn't understand. Dr. James and a crew jettison into space to find the case of the long winter and stop it before humanity is gone forever.more
- January 1, 1970HLLAbsolutely loved every part of this book. Mr Riddle did not disappoint at all. I felt like I was right there with James and Emma. The use of the technology used in space and the details of all the missions was captivating. Could not put the book down and was sad once I finished it. Definitely recommend this book!more
- January 1, 1970Crystal CavendishAnother winner!Gosh, I couldn't put this down and I can't wait for the conclusion. I liked the first person narrative and also both James and Emma's perspectives.
- January 1, 1970JedExcellentOne of the best books I've read for a while. On oar with the Martian as described. Totally worth a read.
- January 1, 1970Pat AustinGreat new book!Great read! An exciting ride from the first to the last page ... I'm anxiously waiting for the next adventure from Mr Griddle!
- January 1, 1970amanda kurzExcellentExceeded my expectations, will read sequel asap!Note to Amazon: I believe people would write more reviews if there wasn't a word minimum. It has stopped me in the past.
- January 1, 1970sharon sabanRead this story straight through!It's a rare occasion that I find myself reading from start to finish in one sitting. An original storyline. Hope this one shows up in movie form!
- January 1, 1970Tracey L. ForziatiGreat book!I love all of his books and was so excited to find this one - can't wait to read the conclusion!
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