Oblivion Awaits: Infinita, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
An eco-terrorist plot to bring down Earth’s greatest space station.
An impossible murder shrouded in nano technology.
And an extrasolar signal from a sentient species.
From the novelist who brought you Ruins of the Earth and Ruins of the Galaxy comes this new hard scifi space thriller that fans say is “next in line to The Expanse”.
When famed engineer and test pilot Jericho Fox is sent to investigate an explosion on Astraea Station, he discovers that the emergency is more than a simple system failure. The issues cascade too fast to be accidents, and Fox senses a disaster is imminent.
Meanwhile, decorated astrophysicist Dr. Evelyn Park becomes the lead suspect in the attack. She’s forced to take matters into her own hands and fight to protect what she believes is humanity’s greatest discovery: a potential alien signal from the planet Kepler-1649c.
Tensions rise as Jericho and Evelyn try to piece together the shocking truth behind Astraea Station's failures. But can they do it before everyone aboard dies?
Loaded with mystery, exploration, and political intrigue, Christopher Hopper’s Oblivion Awaits is what fans are calling "the most anticipated book of the year" and "a gripping nonstop read you won't want to put down".
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 28 minutes|
|Narrator||Rebecca Woods, Daniel Wisniewski|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 09, 2021|
|Publisher||Hopper Creative Group, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #93,291 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#181 in Space Exploration Science Fiction
#462 in Hard Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#712 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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This is a story set in a future in which the world has undergone a serious climate event, one that has impacted the Earth, and humanity, wiping out a large part of life on Earth. Those left have divided into a multitude of what are known as Politicasts – Factions that dictate a person’s belief on how humanity should spend its resources, there are the Solum Terram, who think that everything should be put back into saving Earth and humanity should remain on Earth, or the flip side, there are two factions, NUESSA and Viatoribus who reach for the stars, one who seeks Alien life to help humanity and one who just looks to the stars as a means to further humanity. There is of course the Tantum Terrae, the faction who not on believe in the sanctity of Earth, but do not want anyone reaching out, and will do anything to stop it, including violence.
The world building is so in-depth, so rich, you can lose yourself in this place that Hopper has created, with an alternate Earth, full of a complex and multi-faceted political system. On top of that, there is so much intricate detail of the civilisation and Earth that we now live on, and even more exciting, the space stations that orbit above. Hopper has created this world that is so full of comprehensive detail that you can walk on the world as the Characters talk about it, or stand on the station and see what they see, as they visualise it. It is both extraordinary and breathtaking.
The Politicasts in this story are fascinating, you belong to your cast, and have it tattooed on your hand. People have so much passion about their casts, it is almost like a Religion for them. But this is about ‘belief’, believing in something, whether that be in the Earth, in exploration, or in Alien life, it doesn’t matter, what matters is that you have your beliefs, and you stick to them.
The quality and the depth of the world building relating to aspects such as the Politicasts is what makes this story so astonishing.
The story is split into two main arcs, one that follows Jericho Fox, and the other that follows Evelyn Parks.
Jericho Fox is a pilot with a past, and the weight of the entire galaxy on his shoulders. We learn pretty quickly (No spoilers), that he has been involved in some sort of incident, an accident, that has seen him cast out of not only his job, but his former Politicast as well, and that for a lot of the human race, he seems despised. So it is a shock to him when he starts a new job, and finds a young Engineer, Kit, who doesn’t really know him and is grateful to work with him. Kit to has been cast out due to a misadventure in life, and the pair work on shipping Uranium on a hauler.
There story arc is one that sees them sent to investigate a crash, and what they find will not only change their lives, but the lives of many others.
Dr Evelyn Parks is probably the best character in the book, and one of the best characters I have read all year. She is just so much fun. Not only is she highly intelligent, being the lead Astrophysicist onboard the Astrea space hab, a station in space that houses more than 375,000 humans all researching the future of humanity in space or looking to connect humanity with an alien civilisation. Evelyn ‘Evie’ Parks, and her friend, and co-worker, Dr Samantha ‘Sam’ Collins, work at trying to locate extrasolar intelligence that could help humanity further themselves, repair the Earth, or reach into the stars. At the start of Evelyn’s story, she finds herself confronted with not only her research in trouble, but for the first time ever on Astrea, something horrific has happened, and she has been tied to it, and now must work out what has happened. The story on Astrea is utterly intriguing, fast paced, gritty and intelligent. It has so many twists and turns, that you won’t see the last twist smack you in the face, let alone the two new ones that have just appeared. Evie and Sam’s tale is intense, at times almost brutal, but it is always gripping and it is exceptionally well written.
The other really extraordinary part of this story is the dark character we get to read about every now and then, Jack, this elusive predator that is stalking our main characters. He is an assassin lurking in the shadows and seeking to cause mayhem, but is so well done. These little elements in the story are not only captivating, but utterly fascinating.
There are several other characters I won’t mention to avoid spoilers, but Hopper continues to prove why he is so good at character driven storytelling. Oblivion Awakes is a masterclass in gritty, intelligent and thrilling Sci-fi and regardless of the genre you love, Mil Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Alien Invasion, Exploration, even Hard Sci-Fi, there is something for everyone in this book.
This will be one of those series that is long remembered into the future, so get onboard now.
Without foregoing the fast-paced action that marks both "Ruins" series, he continues to build even deeper characters (as in the Ruins of the Earth books) that captivate the reader for their very normal failings and feelings. This book spins up a totally new universe that offers an amazing well of possibilities.
So, this is something totally different - more of a hard sci-fi than a military SF, but in a good way. The setting is complex (ok, it was my fault that i didn't read the wikia, but it can be understood without it as well), the two main characters are likable (Especially Knight) and the whole world building is awesome as well.
If you liked Christopher's book then give this a try - if you haven't but like hard(ish) SF, then it's for you as well.
I beta read for Chris Hopper and I loved both of his "Ruins" series.
Now for this book.... Short version? As I said, it's the hard science of a huge radio telescope listening for extra-terrestrial life until there's an explosion and a murder on the station. It is amazingly well told. BUY IT!
Longer version: The first time I read it, I missed some clues and explanations of some answers to my questions. Upon a second reading I saw that what I was looking for was right there in Black & White but I dismissed as not being important to the story. MY GOOF. This is an incredibly well thought out and told story. The details are important!
Jericho is a disgraced space pilot and project manager for a faster-than-light spacecraft that explodes during a test. He takes the fall. He then takes a menial flight job mining ore. And is part of a heroic rescue of another ship. That's one of the two tracks in the book. The other, as I said is a giant space radio telescope with a saboteur and a murderer on board!
Buy the book! It's really good!
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Well, this book bucks that trend and then some! It is a proper 'verse building story. Each chapter is written from a specific characters standpoint and over the book their stories interleave until the final Earth shattering events overtake them all.
I think they will have to invent a new Genre for this series as its Hard Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Murder Mystery/Conspiracy/Geo Political/Buddy Series!
Dive in and enjoy.