- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (13 April 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575078014
- ISBN-13: 978-0575078017
- Product Dimensions: 18 x 2.6 x 17.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sunstorm (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 13 Apr 2006
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The two books really don't hang together as a series. They have in common British Army captain Bisela Dutt, who came back from the time-splintered world of the first book via the agency of the mysterious aliens who caused the whole mess and introduces to the world (or at least the great and good of the world) the idea that the coming sunstorm is not entirely a natural phenomenon. However, independently, they are great reading for all lovers of good science fiction.
This is an Armageddon story of the near future. Can mankind survive a cataclysmic event through ingenuity and collaboration?
You do have to suspend your disbelief to take in this story, after all could we build a structure the size of the moon in the span of four years. But there you go, if you are a science fiction fan, this is all par for the course.
The story weaves together technologies we actually have today and a bit of future tech as well.
The characters are drawn fairly lightly as the main point of the book is the story itself.
A fairly light brisk read that does not take too much effort on your part, unlike some other heavy duty science fiction I have read recently.
I did enjoy the book and plan to get the third of the trilogy.
In this book, we get the returnee having to come to terms with what has happened. We also get the prospect of scientists realising what will happen, with one genius predicting what will happen to the earth during solar storms, and if the damage to the earth can be limited. They also discover the tampering done by an intelligence first introduced in the first book.
The interplay introduced between scientists, politicians, religions and people is nicely interwoven, and we get to see the best of humanity. We also get to see some of the more base reactions that humanity can produce, but thankfully these are rare. This book is more about a feel-good version of humanity, and what might be achieved if there is a common purpose.
The story woven is detailed enough to satisfy the curiosity of most, without being too detailed and thus boring. This book moves along at a faster pace than the first book, and has a greater sense of urgency. Due to the subject matter, this is appropriate. It is well written and involves the reader better than the first book did, and I enjoyed this book more.
I would recommend this book be read, but ONLY after the first book has been read, as otherwise some of the refences made may not make sense. It can be read independently, but may not then be as enjoyable.
Splendidly big concepts, good science, good characters well written. Probably the best collaboration between these 2 writers.
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