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The ice is coming. It was the last thing we expected, but the world is freezing. A new ice age has dawned and humanity has been forced to confront its own extinction. Billions have fled the glaciers, crowding out the world’s last habitable zones. They can run from the ice, but they can’t escape human nature: a cataclysmic war is coming. 

In orbit, a group of scientists are running the Winter Experiments, a last-ditch attempt to understand why the planet is cooling. None of the climate models they build make sense. But then they discover an anomaly, an unexplained variation in solar radiation...and something else. Close to the burning edge of the sun, they catch a fleeting glimpse of something that shouldn’t be there....

Suddenly humanity must face the possibility it is not alone in the universe. And the terrifying possibility that whatever is out there may be trying to exterminate us.  

©2019 A.G. Riddle (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Stunning concoction of everything I love in a great story

Once again I hold a treasure of a story by A. G. Riddle filled with a magnanimous blend of science and AI with adventure, motivation, and determination. Each character is filled with distinguishable personality made even more prominent by exceptional actors giving life through astounding and synchronous voices.
The story advances with an excellent pace that readers / listeners will have no complications with. The story is entertaining, interesting, adventurous, educational, and extremely well composed. The humour and sarcasm mix well to enliven each conversation and person and enhance the listening experience. The story details are pieces together and released at well thought out points during the story and confirm Riddle has exceptional story telling abilities whilst maintaining faith in the readers and the way minds work to gather information and draw conclusions just in time to arrive at more information and better conclusions. Henry’s movie quotables are absolutely hilarious followed with James’ sarcasm. Such an enjoyable listen! But I will not divulge what happens. You must read this story to find out. You won’t be disappointed.
I can’t hardly wait to read book two. :)

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good

I am an avid sci fi reader. this is pretty good. not as silly as some, not hard science fiction either....

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Can't wait to hear the next book

The use of 2 narrators is pure genius and allows the reader to dive more into these characters and get different perspectives on the story while been wisked away ...

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Lacked detail

A good story line, however, I felt it should have been directed towards the younger teen reader. Overall somewhat simplistic.

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His best book since Departure!

Loved it. Look forward to listening to the next one in the series. The narration was also great!

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So much description that it stalls the story

Know that feeling when something talks so much that you're begging for them to shut up and move on to the important points? It's this story summed up.

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Good idea, poor execution

Great narration which sort of makes up for a somewhat cliche and predictable story with one dimensional characters. It has a original story idea which is why I kept reading because I wanted to know what would happen but I found the social interaction between characters cringey and distracting. The most cringey bits: 1. Every character seems to want to sacrifice themself for someone else which gets pretty circular and annoying 2. Every action a character that isn't James (even the female lead Emma) takes is meant to boost his ego or develop his character. I'm not interested in reading the sequel.

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Somewhat Sophomoric.. but Engrossing

The Science feeding the Fiction is fairly weak, but A.G. Riddle crafts a novel that often made me think 'Armageddon' (mission to save Earth) meets 'The Martian' (Scientists marooned/confined in space). This story explores a fascinating premise - a civilization-ending Climate Change event and how humanity might respond to it. Then the author contemplates what might happen if that were triggered intentionally by a hostile force. There are definitely problems with the logic underlying his scenario, but those issues are pretty easily set aside.. and if you can manage it, the book is quite immersive (you can easily picture yourself in the author's hypothetical world). In addition, Riddle's characters are flawed and interesting, his dialogue is true-to-life, and his pacing is commendable (there's enough action to drive the plot nicely) - this is a well-written novel that reminded me of Crichton.
[Note: There are legitimate deficiencies in the writing, too: he moves too quickly into the alien threat ("Grid") plotline, for example. The depiction of life/societal upheaval with a collapsing ecosphere is decent but could have been incredibly edifying - Riddle moves very quickly through it]

The duo of readers (Amanda Leigh Cobb and Edoardo Ballerini) turn in an excellent reading performance. The use of two readers often fails in audiobooks - but here it works beautifully: having a male and a female reader brings Riddle's male (James Sinclair - a once-imprisoned Robotics expert) and female (Emma Matthews - a stranded ISS Astronaut) protagonists to life. Both narrators read remarkably clearly and with great tone and timbre. Sure, Ballerini delivers inferior accents and Cobb reads a little too quickly, but the narration is top-notch in this first installment.

The interesting premise, gripping writing, great performance, and quality production standards (sound editing is exemplary) make up for the deficiencies. Altogether, I rate this first in an intriguing trilogy 8.5/10 stars. I look forward to Book 2. There is lots of room for further exploration and Riddle's vision is captivating.

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Not overly original

Well written but too similar to the Formic Wars by Orson Scott Card but without some important details. I did care about the characters but the story skipped too many details

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Surprisingly epic

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There was just enough science, excellent pace, and a great plot. I’m looking forward to book 2!

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  • Cynthia R Phillips
  • 2019-07-15

High school creative writing 101

While I've enjoyed both narrators on other productions, I truly felt put off by A.L.Cobb's version of the female protagonist - too 'teen'like for me personally; Ballerini also sounded off...personally speaking.

The story seemed contrived and forced. While I agree with much of the political statement, it was presented in a preachy nuance which was off-putting.

I've enjoyed other titles by Riddle better than this one, and I'm not certain whether I care enough about the characters to listen to the second in the pair.

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  • Will
  • 2019-06-04

Disappointed...

Both phases of this audio book, story and performance are frustrating. First the story feels very rushed and underdeveloped. The performances are just not interesting and both have a strange inflection and tempo that I found distracting. This is disappointing because every other AG Riddle book I very much enjoyed, however in my view they missed the mark on this one.

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  • Melmom
  • 2019-03-08

I felt title and genre was misleading.

It was not a bad story, was looking for a hard science fiction story ended up a love story in space with barely a nod to the problems of intersystem space travel. As a love story, it would rate at least a four start review by someone more talented in exposition than I.

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  • A. Dukes
  • 2019-04-25

Stale

The book started out interesting but ended up just mashing up already used plot lines from popular sci-fi movies/books. The characters were actually pretty flat. The thing I really hate, is when a book starts off good, then gets very predictable and boring, but you’ve already invested time into it so you finish feeling like you wasted time and money you’ll never get back. I have to be pretty amazed or pretty irritated to write a review, this falls in the irritated category.

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  • S. Morris
  • 2019-03-26

One Dimensional Characters, Bad Science

The premise of this book was interesting, which is what led me to purchase it, however I was disappointed for a number of reasons.

1. The character of Emma was really poorly executed. Her entire reason for existing in the story seemed to be to validate all of the things James says and does. This is the epitome of a male author writing a part for a woman without having a clue about women. Making an astronaut play the part of a damsel in distress was embarrassing to read.
2. The science was bunk. A lot of inaccuracies in how things would play out were the planet to undergo massive cooling. I've heard some reviewers compare this book to "The Martian" for some reason. The Martian managed to get the science right.
3. Many of the "plot twists" were completely predictable, chapters in advance. Many plot points were never followed up on or glossed over. The author really seems to have phoned in some of the effort on this one, and the editor also doesn't seem to have done much to help either.

All in all, I was super disappointed in this book. I wanted to like it but it just didn't deliver. I'm definitely not going to bother with the sequel.

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  • Connor
  • 2019-03-22

Entertaining but nothing special

It’s a beach read. Plot is entertaining but very predictable. Writing is amateurish. Nothing to write home about but worth a read. Narrators are pleasant to listen to.

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  • Eric Callman
  • 2019-05-09

Exciting... Like an action movie.

This book was entertaining - with good characters and lots of suspense - but the technical details were terrible. If you enjoy big budget action/disaster movies - eg. The Day After Tomorrow - you'll probably like this. If you're looking for a hard-science fiction story, you should probably look elsewhere.

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  • Alberto Estrada
  • 2019-03-26

Love story with a backdrop of survival.

When this was compared to interstellar I immediately got it. I don't feel like it deserves this comparison. The love story dominates this story. Everything else is interesting but I cannot but help to roll my eyes whenever the two characters interact, which happens quite frequently.

Performance is solid. I'm about a third of the way through and cannot wait to get it over with.

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  • AL
  • 2019-06-18

Cliché. Maybe for teens or young adults

Great narration, but a couple pain points. First off, was the poorly scripted women. The lead female character is but a damsel-in-distress. Oh James, oh James, lets hold hands, oh James is so smart, oh James tell me what you’re thinking, oh my! whatever are we going to do James… Urgh! Other female characters also never quite seem to provide any applicable solutions to whatever predicament. They are either argumentative or overly sensitive. Even the apparently accomplished doctor is easily flustered by discord on the team she’s there to treat and ensure the well-being of.

My second pain point is the general intelligence and maturity level of humanity’s last hope. These characters and their respective internal dialogue lack the maturity, or portray the intelligence necessary to pull off the feat required to save earth. It’s like high schoolers playing grown up.

As an avid Sci-Fi reader, I can easily suspend reality and give the author wide berth, but this book is cliché and pretty deng annoying.

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  • Brad Johnson
  • 2019-06-05

Interesting premise, then sappy

One part of SciFi is science. The author forgot that and turned scientists/astronauts into whiny overly emotional puppets. Rather than wasting time beating this turkey to death, just run away. Oh, Mr Bray was excellent as always.

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