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- Print Length: 264 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B006LWWLSK
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- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #336,296 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Strong characterisation, well-researched science and visually descriptive writing laced with human themes of survival, altruism, quest and love conspire to engage the reader from the very first page.
In the words of Smith's Ambassador Hubert Rechenmov, "You have heard the facts and ... time is rapidly running out...all we need is your most innovative minds and all the money you can spare."
Don't wait for Jupiter to metamorphosise: if there's a book to read before the demise of human creation, this quite possibly could be it.
When I first started reading this book, I’ll admit I was a bit disappointed in the prologue. I personally believed it could have been left off completely and wouldn’t have affected the book in any way. I got into the story as soon as I was past it. Another thing to keep in mind is the author is British, so she obviously uses terms Americans aren’t used to hearing on a normal basis. Of course, if you’re a fan of any kind of British television or authors, it won’t be a problem in the least.
All I know is I was captivated from beginning to end and had to force myself to put the book down when it was time for bed. While many books are apocalyptic these days, Patricia looks at it from a different angle. She looks at it in the light of it beginning to happen and what it could potentially lead to. She does a stellar job and I would highly recommend this book.
A stellar explosion, physically far removed from earth, leads to a chain of events within our own solar system that strips the earth of its atmosphere in more rapid fashion than any contrivance of human beings is achieving at the moment. The story unfolds through the four years in a series of vignettes from around the world. From the astronomers who first make the observations; to the children, scientists and engineers, who embody the future hope of humanity, we see and feel the emotional, political and tangible responses of beings that experience not only personal tragedy but the possible extinction of their species.
I enjoyed reading both the dialogue rich scenes of the characters struggling with a now imminent uncertainty, interspersed with the science scenes of astral happenings and the unfolding effects of a planet being slowly stripped of the atmosphere that gave it life. The science is wholly credible and the characters express beautifully the sadness, joy and hope which lies in the gaps in between those extremes of emotion just as the hope that lies in the distances between the stars.
I shall also be buying this book in hard copy, something I haven't done since acquiring my kindle; but I want people to see this on my book shelf.
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