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The Solar War (The Long Winter Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
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A. G. Riddle spent ten years starting and running internet companies before retiring to focus on his true passion: writing fiction. He lives in Florida.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07P92TDXQ
- Publisher : Legion Books (June 25, 2019)
- Publication date : June 25, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1599 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 498 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1940026253
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,767 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Also I don’t think the author has a grasp of science at all. James builds Lt. Data and no one can figure out it’s a robot. Drones fly around in space with seemingly endless fuel. I won’t bother with book 3.
As expected, the Grid has retaliated in the years since Winter World. Their retaliation is strong, deceptive and irresistible. The ultimate destruction of the human race seems assured. Yet, humanity is thrown an unexpected life line. Why?
Humanity is overwhelmed. James Sinclair is now a family man, and Emma is now the mother of James’ children. Together, they must rally the few remaining humans and make a pact with the Devil, the Grid, to survive. But does the Grid have another agenda? It certainly seems as though its agenda is not human survival.
Although this book had breath-taking high points, I found much of it repetitive and boring. I would find myself skipping blocks of pages and repeating a silent mantra, “get on with it”. In addition, the character of Richard Chandler did not ring true. While there are certainly egotistical power-hungry manipulators in play, most try to be associated with success and flee far from unavoidable disasters with which they can be associated. It seems like the unavoidable destruction of the Earth and extinction of humanity is the kind of disaster that characters like Richard Chandler would distance himself from.
Still, most readers will love The Solar War and sci-fi readers everywhere will thrill to many of its high points…especially the ending.
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Book 1 in the series (4 stars!) was imaginative, well structured, had a well-paced story arc, had characters I could relate to and liked and, not unimportant, was riddled with gripping and exciting scenes IN SPACE. Full disclosure, right at the end the whole thing took a bit of a nosedive (that's where the fifth star went), but a good read nevertheless.
Book 2 has nearly none of this. Gone are the rockets, the hair-raising near escapes and the high-concept ideas that made book 1 very decent. The first 24 chapters are about rationing food. Yes, all of it - it's a painfully slow description of a dwindling food stock and starving children. Heart wrenching, surely for some, but that's a different audience than the first book was intended for I suspect. Paint, dry, watch. I didn't recognise the characters either, who are these suddenly bland, out-of-the-box, 13-to-the-dozen stereotypes, who's only skill seems to be making incredibly daft decisions? The occasions where there was an opportunity to move the story forward were rare, far between and incredibly predictable.
In the end, I gave up leafing forward in the hope of finding that small nugget, that little story twist that would rekindle my interest. I feel this is a huge opportunity missed and more than a bit cheated out of a good read and 5 pounds.
In the first part of this trilogy (which I loved), the main characters are out to save the Earth and Humanity from extinction because, y'know.. it's humanity and planet Earth. They don't need more motivation than that - who would?
In this book though, their prior motivations go out of the window in favour of the saving the planet "for their children" and the underlying feeling I got throughout this book was that was their only real reason for trying to save the planet, everything else they've done up to this point was somehow null and void and the pervading subtext I kept feeling was "you (reader) just won't understand their motivation unless you have your own kids" - and whilst that may be true for some people I'd like to believe that humanity is a tad more altruistic than that and might want to save Earth and humanity because we're worth saving, because it's the right thing to do.
Maybe as a #childfree person I'm being overly sensitive, but the "doing it for the kids" felt forced upon me as a reader and not (like in dozens of other books I've read) just another element of a character's motivation.
I'm still going to read book 3 (which isn't out at time of writing this) because he is a great writer, I just hope the characters evolve out of the 1 dimensional writing they found themselves in during book 2.