Winter World (The Long Winter #1)
A global ice age... pushes the human race to the brink of extinction.In our darkest hour, an international consortium ventures into space, looking for answers.Near Mars, they make a groundbreaking discovery.Could it save us from the ice age?Or is it the cause?The race is on to find out--and to save humanity.* * * From A.G. Riddle, the worldwide bestselling author of The Atlantis Gene and Departure , comes a new sci-fi thriller that will change the way you look at Earth’s place in the solar system forever.* * * Each month, it grows colder. Snow falls in summer. Glaciers trample cities across North America, Europe, and Asia. The new ice age gripping the Earth shows no signs of stopping.Chaos erupts. Around the world, people abandon their homes, fleeing the cold, flocking to regions where they can survive.Nations prepare to go to war for the world’s last habitable zones.NASA and other scientific organizations race to discover why the world is cooling. They send probes into the solar system to collect readings. Near Mars, one of the probes finds 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 artifact 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.* * * Praise for A.G. Riddle “…reads like a superior collaboration between Dan Brown and Michael Crichton.” -- The Guardian on Pandemic “I finished the book fast because I just couldn’t wait…” -- WIRED GeekDad on Departure “Riddle… keep(s) the focus on his characters… rather than the technological marvels” -- Publisher’s Weekly on Departure “Well-constructed and tightly-wound as a fine Swiss watch—DEPARTURE has non-stop action, an engaging plot and, of course, wheels within wheels.” -- Diana Gabaldon, bestselling author of Outlander

Winter World (The Long Winter #1) Details

TitleWinter World (The Long Winter #1)
Author
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherLegion Books
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Thriller, Fiction, Aliens, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Audiobook, Adult, Science Fiction Fantasy, Fantasy

Winter World (The Long Winter #1) Review

  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    I'm aware I'm odd woman out...I don't want to be! I want to be in the group of A.G. Riddle lovers!It's not Riddle, it's me, and that's obvious by the author's hordes of fans.My first A.G. Riddle so I have no connection to Riddle, no fond memories of previous books, and am out of my lane. As many sci-fi movies that I watch, one would think I'd like sci-fi books, but not so. I've read several sci-fi novels this year that were all highly recommended, award-winners, but nothing notable. I usually su I'm aware I'm odd woman out...I don't want to be! I want to be in the group of A.G. Riddle lovers!It's not Riddle, it's me, and that's obvious by the author's hordes of fans.My first A.G. Riddle so I have no connection to Riddle, no fond memories of previous books, and am out of my lane. As many sci-fi movies that I watch, one would think I'd like sci-fi books, but not so. I've read several sci-fi novels this year that were all highly recommended, award-winners, but nothing notable. I usually suffer through them with high hopes that deflate the closer I get to the ending of each contender. Why I didn't care for this? It didn't snag me; it didn't spark anything, and I thought the ho-hum sexual tension was a routine attempt at probable conflict. I'm willing to sacrifice the literary vein, as far as stellar writing goes (npi), but the exchange should be for an exciting, captivating, hold-on-to-your-butts plot with characters memorable beyond 10 seconds after you close the book. I want my mainstream fiction to instantly hook me with the story being equally driven by inventive plot and promising characters. I do think the plot will eventually show potential (because it seems to hint at something that has been done very successfully before). Unfortunately, the characters I found to be little more than sketchy introductions that didn't evolve enough out of their embryonic stage to be engaging. It's the first in a series--I know-- but you have to want to come back and check in with characters you like. Dr James Sinclair's stint in prison for mysterious reasons didn't do enough to whet my appetite; his female counterpart, Dr Emma Matthews, was just simply 2D. She's smart, co-dependent, has deteriorating bone mass due to her long stay in space, and has a gummy bear for a heart. But, maybe Einstein's time-slowing effects of acceleration and gravity also make the heart fall for whatever or whoever shares various high-flying spacecraft. The story is told from both space travelers perspectives, and though it adds some switch in the narration, Riddle hasn't solved the age-old problem of having different characters speak from one head, especially characters that seem still in the developmental stages. For an apocalyptic thriller, this just whimpers, while the author seems to spend more time writing about trivial personal events than the looming wipeout of planet Earth. Unless the author has come up with something truly unique or petrifying as the adversary...pass my pillow. But again, I think there is a hint of potential. Without giving away anything, I had some 2001: A Space Odyssey deja vu moments. Geometry does not behave in space as we know it to do on Earth. Regarding Winter World #1 ... I wish these characters all the best with their space exploits as they endeavor to save the world. I'd probably like the movie version if: this book #1 comprised just the first 15-20 minutes of the film; the special effects were mind-blowing; the characters were dimensional, interesting and believable; there was more back story to add the desire to hang on through the series-to-come; and if the plot moved with more intensity and speed. As it is, Winter World #1 felt like a couple of chapters quickly written and stretched into a book.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I 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.
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  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    So, I’m a self-professed fan of post-apocalyptic lit, but I prefer it without zombies, monsters or “nerdy” elements that make me feel like an outsider. I was surprised, then, to find that I actually LOVED this book, in spite of the sometimes lengthy intellectual passages that explicated aspects of astronomy and space travel. What impressed me most was the character development. Author A.G. Riddle has breathed life into a variety of personas, each unique, interesting and, most importantly, believ So, I’m a self-professed fan of post-apocalyptic lit, but I prefer it without zombies, monsters or “nerdy” elements that make me feel like an outsider. I was surprised, then, to find that I actually LOVED this book, in spite of the sometimes lengthy intellectual passages that explicated aspects of astronomy and space travel. What impressed me most was the character development. Author A.G. Riddle has breathed life into a variety of personas, each unique, interesting and, most importantly, believable. Additionally, I was completely engaged, from page one through the edge-of-your-seat conclusion—so much so, in fact, that I hated to turn the final page! I was, however, thrilled to discover that there’s a sequel in the works. When perusing other reviews, I noticed that there’s some criticism about the validity of some of the facts presented. I honestly have no idea how valid those comments are. I just accepted what was written at face value and enjoyed the ride. If you long for a good story, with characters you will love, definitely add this to your “need-to-read” list.
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  • Christa Maurice
    January 1, 1970
    Written like a screenplay, all talking heads with no chemistry between the characters. I'm not going to believe that the two main characters are falling in love just because the author tells me they are. The male MC is a total Mary Sue too. He received his doctorate in biochem on the same day as he got one in medicine. He can analyze people better than a psychiatrist. His only flaw is that he thinks people are better than they are.I suppose he leaps tall buildings and travels after than a speedi Written like a screenplay, all talking heads with no chemistry between the characters. I'm not going to believe that the two main characters are falling in love just because the author tells me they are. The male MC is a total Mary Sue too. He received his doctorate in biochem on the same day as he got one in medicine. He can analyze people better than a psychiatrist. His only flaw is that he thinks people are better than they are.I suppose he leaps tall buildings and travels after than a speeding bullet in his spare time. I'll save my reading time for Elizabeth Moon who writes compelling characters in believable situations.
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  • Rhys Lucia
    January 1, 1970
    Very meh. It felt like an attempt to cross Enders Game with the Martian, but it fell flat. I honestly can't even remember anyone's names from the novel only a few weeks past reading it. The two main characters are a male who is a super genius, and ends up being a great leader, statistician, public speaker, and overall a Mary Sue coupled with a female who is an astronaut and crew leader but ends up being nothing more than a love interest following the male around. How great it could have been if Very meh. It felt like an attempt to cross Enders Game with the Martian, but it fell flat. I honestly can't even remember anyone's names from the novel only a few weeks past reading it. The two main characters are a male who is a super genius, and ends up being a great leader, statistician, public speaker, and overall a Mary Sue coupled with a female who is an astronaut and crew leader but ends up being nothing more than a love interest following the male around. How great it could have been if he had been kept the awkward nervous genius and she the decisive strategic leader. Their chemistry could have grown from their mutual strengths instead of his rescuing her and her following him around like a loyal puppy.The sci-fi elements weren't bad and the action was written well enough, but I couldn't connect with either of the mains and kept rolling my eyes when the male proved to be great at everything he touched.
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  • Roz
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars?This was fine, but nothing more. I won't pick up the sequel.
  • Michael Paul
    January 1, 1970
    Dual first person telling not showing.5 stars for imagination.1 star for style.Reads like a high school kid wrote it. There are two protagonists and the writing annoyingly shifts between their first person narrative. Their voices are very similar. The grammar is mostly okay, but the style is atrocious. There are many four word sentences and the dialogue lacks nuance and depth. Perhaps Riddle’s worst work.
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  • Yoly
    January 1, 1970
    This book was very entertaining. From the first page, it's impossible to put down. The author knows how to finish a chapter because you always need to know what happens on the next one.
  • Greg
    January 1, 1970
    I tend to gravitate toward certain genres during certain seasons. Spring, for example, is a time of hope, and so it requires the hope-filled literature of science fiction. Finding good science fiction, however, isn't easy. That's because good science fiction builds believable worlds and creates characters we care about while also blowing our minds with science and technology that's almost indistinguishable from magic. Talk about a tall order!Winter World is good science fiction. I raced through I tend to gravitate toward certain genres during certain seasons. Spring, for example, is a time of hope, and so it requires the hope-filled literature of science fiction. Finding good science fiction, however, isn't easy. That's because good science fiction builds believable worlds and creates characters we care about while also blowing our minds with science and technology that's almost indistinguishable from magic. Talk about a tall order!Winter World is good science fiction. I raced through it on my Kindle, and the second I crossed the finish line I was met with the option to pre-order the sequel, which I did. Here's the thing, though: I never do that! I never buy a book before it's been out for a while, and people have had a chance to review it. I'm cautious that way.But with Winter World, I threw caution to the solar winds. Now I'm counting down the days until I can once again lose myself in some good science fiction!
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  • Landpomeranze
    January 1, 1970
    [Audiobook] Another one of those books that start out quite promising and end in a big fat disappointment. I was looking forward to a SciFi novel but what I got was some mushy lovestory in space. Definitely NOT what I'd been expecting! The last few chapters were almost painful to read (or listen to). Especially when Emma and James started talking to the "harvester". Which, as a creature from outer space selected an avatar who looked a bit like Santa Claus and called itself "Art". Yeah, right. An [Audiobook] Another one of those books that start out quite promising and end in a big fat disappointment. I was looking forward to a SciFi novel but what I got was some mushy lovestory in space. Definitely NOT what I'd been expecting! The last few chapters were almost painful to read (or listen to). Especially when Emma and James started talking to the "harvester". Which, as a creature from outer space selected an avatar who looked a bit like Santa Claus and called itself "Art". Yeah, right. And then there's the fact that almost the whole planet was covered with ice, which took months to form but only a few weeks to thaw I guess. I must admit that I did not listen too closely towards the end.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Sci fi thriller with a frozen Earth and invaders from SpaceJames Sinclair is a medical doctor and a bioengineer specializing in robotics. He is a one-of-a-kind genius who also happens to be in Federal prison for the rest of his life.Emma Matthews is a geneticist and a crew commander of the International Space Station.Both become valuable contributors on a dangerous mission to find out what's blocking the Sun and throwing Earth into the next Ice Age.I was surprised by this book. I guess I didn't Sci fi thriller with a frozen Earth and invaders from SpaceJames Sinclair is a medical doctor and a bioengineer specializing in robotics. He is a one-of-a-kind genius who also happens to be in Federal prison for the rest of his life.Emma Matthews is a geneticist and a crew commander of the International Space Station.Both become valuable contributors on a dangerous mission to find out what's blocking the Sun and throwing Earth into the next Ice Age.I was surprised by this book. I guess I didn't read the blurb thoroughly enough. I thought this book was mainly going to be post-apocalyptic about the Earth freezing over. And it was - but that takes a backseat to the space saga. Probably at least 2/3 of this story takes place in Space or preparing to go into Space.I was okay with the sci fi space story. I enjoy these types of books also. The book was well written and had plenty of brave, selfless characters. The story was full of "tech talk" as the intrepid adventurers strive to save Earth.Another thing I didn't notice was that this is the first book in a two-part series. It had a fine ending and could be a standalone in my opinion. But a second book THE SOLAR WAR is due out June 25, 2019.If you enjoyed the disaster movies THE CORE and ARMAGEDDON, I am sure you'll enjoy this tale.
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  • Kady Monroe
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this audiobook, it was gripping and entertaining. When I started listening, I didn't know it was part one of two books. Unfortunately, at the time of writing this review, the second audiobook has not been released for sale, otherwise I would have instantly added it to my library. I can't wait to find out what happens to the world and the characters in the future.I felt both narrators did a fantastic job on both the text and production. Well worth a listen.
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  • Aristotle
    January 1, 1970
    A smorgasbord of summer blockbuster movies. Independence Day, Armageddon, The Day After Tomorrow, Oblivion, with a splash of Star Trek Borg. Not for the hardcore sci fi fans. The plot took to long to unravel, the characters lacked a soul, and the romance was awkward. This was a fast paced easy read. Because of that i gave it a reluctant 4 stars.Downloading mankind's consciousness to the intergalactic cloud. Hmmm.How could you not know Oscar was Star Trek's Data? 3 1/2 stars.
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  • J.E. Hopkins
    January 1, 1970
    Good ReadKept me engaged and made me want more. Only occasional issue is a tendency toward exposition. Can get in the way, but not enough to kill the phone.
  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Even though I can’t understand how this book has such a high average rating, I have to acknowledge that and recognise that different books appeal to different readers.The problem for me is not the genre.But if you are analytical by nature and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by mystery and detective books, you will find Winter World so full of holes that the biggest challenge will be to finish the book.
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  • Candy | Evianrei
    January 1, 1970
    Saw this book and was captured by the title and cover. Was hoping for something fantasy related, but it was sci-fi instead. Decided to give it a chance anyhow. This is my first A.G. Riddle book, and I found it a decent read. What I liked: I enjoyed the setup of the book. The world is freezing over, people aren't sure why, and it is getting dangerous. Everyone is relocating South to safer locations where glaciers aren't going to cover them completely. The book follows two protagonists; James, a r Saw this book and was captured by the title and cover. Was hoping for something fantasy related, but it was sci-fi instead. Decided to give it a chance anyhow. This is my first A.G. Riddle book, and I found it a decent read. What I liked: I enjoyed the setup of the book. The world is freezing over, people aren't sure why, and it is getting dangerous. Everyone is relocating South to safer locations where glaciers aren't going to cover them completely. The book follows two protagonists; James, a roboticist in prison for mysterious reasons, and Emma, a crew member of the ISS. (view spoiler)[Something attacks the ISS, and this is where the novel takes off in order to discover who or what attacked, and what is causing the Long Winter. A budding romance builds as well between the two protagonists. (hide spoiler)] The book had action, thrill, and adventure. It definitely felt like a sci-fi movie my husband and I would watch (he's more of the sci-fi fan than I am). Basic Info: - Romance, death, implied sexual scenes, questionable morals / acts within this book. - The story is told by James and Emma from a first person point a view, alternating chapters / characters. What I Disliked: The writing was sort of bland in between the beginning and end. Filler perhaps? I found myself wanting the book to end around the 3/4th mark. Only around the conclusion did I become interested in what was going on again. (view spoiler)[Tidbits about Oscar's true origin and purpose helped this part along at least. It did feel like it was more of a romance novel with 'sci fi' mixed in. I also wasn't a fan of how James and Emma would come to conflict with other characters via discussion or argument, and almost always instantly win without any actual negotiation going on. The main characters always got what they wanted pretty quickly. I actually never expected anyone to counter-argue with them for longer than a 'but why?' (hide spoiler)] My husband also picked apart certain story points (he's much more into sci-fi than me) and said that the elements within the story were sort of cliche, don't break the mold of sci-fi films, or didn't fit with the science we know when it referenced it.Overall, I enjoyed the book. I might pick up the sequel to it sometime if I have nothing better to read. I am interested in how the story ends with the sequel, but not enough to drop money on it, especially when there are other books I'd rather read, or physical copies of books I want to acquire. I might look for the sequel in a library or something though.
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  • Adrian
    January 1, 1970
    This book starts with an interesting concept – the world is cooling instead of warming.Ok, so I don’t really get nitpicky about books and try to enjoy them for what they are – merely entertainment. But there was just something about this one that bothered me. I can’t really put a finger on it and maybe I didn’t fully understand things but there were too many holes and seemingly-missing-storylines. For one, the relationship between the two main characters was weird, rushed, and just convenient. A This book starts with an interesting concept – the world is cooling instead of warming.Ok, so I don’t really get nitpicky about books and try to enjoy them for what they are – merely entertainment. But there was just something about this one that bothered me. I can’t really put a finger on it and maybe I didn’t fully understand things but there were too many holes and seemingly-missing-storylines. For one, the relationship between the two main characters was weird, rushed, and just convenient. A lot of “staring” as one reviewer points out. The author does not portray the awesome-former-commander of the ISS as a strong competent woman. She seems kind of weak and lovestruck. There are other holes in which these space travelers just happen to jet off from Earth and end up in the Asteroid belt. Something like that would take so much time that I would think the author would at least mention that (or research that). Speaking of space travelers, all of these non-astronauts quickly and easily become space voyagers without much training or rigor of going through this type of environment/experience. Plus, the main character is so smart that he just figures out all of the enemy’s moves and locations. These super scientists seem to make complex drones of all sorts in a matter of minutes with no issues. And the plotline kind of seemed predictable. There wasn’t enough explanation of the actual turmoil and death count that the earth would be experiencing if the entire planet froze up.But maybe I shouldn’t have focused on all those nitpicky things? In any case, the plot was interesting enough to make me curious to find out what happened, and I got through the whole book. I liked the premise but really, those aliens could have and should have wiped out Earth long before the small sections of humans were deployed to stop them… Weird. I won’t be reading the next one, but I enjoyed this enough to give it three stars.Audiobook narrator Edoardo Ballerini rating: 4 starsAudiobook narrator Amanda Leigh Cobb rating: 3 starsEdoardo was good at changing his voice. The other one was ok.
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  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    January 1, 1970
    First of a Two book Series Winter World tells a good story. The plot is simple. The Earth is cooling at a fast rate and no one know why. Enter our two main characters. One is the only survivor of the attack on the space station. The other is a prisoner who survives a takeover by the prisoners. Together they work to find and stop the cooling. There is some mystery in the book as why the man was in prison is keep a secret until the end of the book. The plot is very character driven and is fast pac First of a Two book Series Winter World tells a good story. The plot is simple. The Earth is cooling at a fast rate and no one know why. Enter our two main characters. One is the only survivor of the attack on the space station. The other is a prisoner who survives a takeover by the prisoners. Together they work to find and stop the cooling. There is some mystery in the book as why the man was in prison is keep a secret until the end of the book. The plot is very character driven and is fast paced. There are interesting support characters who add to the realistic feel of the story line. The world building and back story are well done again adding to the plot. While there is a solution by the end there is still a threat left to be faced in the next book. This is told from alternating views from the two main characters. Edoardo Ballerini and Amanda Leigh Cobb do a great job with those voices as well as the voices of the various characters. I enjoyed Winter World and I have the next book on my wish list.
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  • Simon
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Terry
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 ~~∆
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  • Eric E
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting enough premise, but it feels like a first draft that was rushed to publish. Characterizations are flat and the first third is a bevy of conveniences (ie, astronaut is trapped in space, NASA launches a rocket to rescue them immediately). Not sure how I feel about reading the upcoming sequel...Some unforgivable things, though: Kennedy Space Center is described as: "The complex has over seven hundred buildings spread across almost a hundred and fifty thousand acres. It’s like a city of Interesting enough premise, but it feels like a first draft that was rushed to publish. Characterizations are flat and the first third is a bevy of conveniences (ie, astronaut is trapped in space, NASA launches a rocket to rescue them immediately). Not sure how I feel about reading the upcoming sequel...Some unforgivable things, though: Kennedy Space Center is described as: "The complex has over seven hundred buildings spread across almost a hundred and fifty thousand acres. It’s like a city of the future, an oasis of technological marvels here on the Florida coast." Based on that description, the author has definitely never been there.In a group of advanced scientists, a character thinks "It’s clear that not everyone is familiar with the word 'lexicon.'" "The frigid apocalypse that has gripped the globe leaves a lot to be desired." WTF kind of sentence is this?
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  • Noella Allisen
    January 1, 1970
    A big resounding 4 stars. While I can't even hope to ever understand space travel or aliens I do get good writing that draws me in and gets my heart pounding and my tears flowing. I couldn't care less whether the details are accurate or not. I loved the ride.
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  • Stephen Kelley
    January 1, 1970
    Great science fiction. Space, singularity, and more.
  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    Good Story!Loved the story within a story. Loved the science and the love story! Very interesting concept and outcome. I throughly enjoyed it. Fast and good read!
  • Charles Bell
    January 1, 1970
    I read it..did not like it. You may...
  • Ness Allen
    January 1, 1970
    Stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this one.. Honestly, if it had ended 20 pages sooner, it might have been better off. The "end" feels super rushed. Looking forward to the conclusion of the saga, hopefully it's more like the first 2/3 of it's predecessor.
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  • Brett Tower
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting narrative. Predictable but enjoyable. Pulp science fiction.
  • Tasha
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed every minute of this book. It NEEDS to be a mini series. Such a roller coaster ride.
  • Georgie Lisoway
    January 1, 1970
    Well writtenThis book is well written but for some reason it couldn't engage me . I found it a struggle to finish . I love the premise which is why I picked it up but...
  • Elaine Ivey
    January 1, 1970
    Good book Okay this was a wonderful read. It was an edge of my seat novel but not...eloquent huh? Here the deal I loved the premise anything Sci fi is awesome but it slowed in a few places so it kept my attention. ⚠ I would recommend to anyone who wants to read read a different Sci fi thriller, this is different enough to keep you guessing. I am just waiting on book two. Big fan of the author he has a wonderful talent he can bring his inner nerd out lol. Keep up the good work! Super indie artist Good book Okay this was a wonderful read. It was an edge of my seat novel but not...eloquent huh? Here the deal I loved the premise anything Sci fi is awesome but it slowed in a few places so it kept my attention. ⚠ I would recommend to anyone who wants to read read a different Sci fi thriller, this is different enough to keep you guessing. I am just waiting on book two. Big fan of the author he has a wonderful talent he can bring his inner nerd out lol. Keep up the good work! Super indie artists.
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