Excellent Genre Bending Hard Sci-Fi Story

5 out of 5 stars

There were a lot of stories and parallels that I was getting when listening to Winter World.  The two that were mentioned in the description were Interstellar and The Martian.  I definitely got a lot of that (abandonment, hard sci-fi, lots of scientific-related things in space). But I also got some Day After Tomorrow (when on Earth) along with a definite reminder of The SpaceMan Chronicles by Tom Abrahams (especially the first book). The best part about the comparisons is that I loved them all.

Riddle was able to write a book that on the surface felt like it was going to be just another science fiction take on climate change but holy crap was I wrong. I can’t even delve into why or how I was wrong without giving away some of the major points and reveals that Winter World had.

The best part about this book is that it follows a similar pacing, storytelling, and overall feel of other A.G. Riddle books – and I say that in the most complimentary way possible.  He’s able to tell a story and give all the information needed without making it feel like information overload.  He introduces and describes these incredibly real characters that you can’t help but root for.

Winter World was ravenously devoured by my wife and me on a trip to and from DC and just know it’s definitely some of Riddle’s best work.

I had never listened to a book that Amanda Leigh Cobb narrated – but she has a fantastic voice that really lent itself to Emma’s character.  I will definitely be looking for more titles from her in the future. Edoardo Ballerini – I’m not worthy! I loved the dual narration and it really helped break the story up along with allowing the listener to develop a personality and a dash of realism with each main character.

Book Description:

Winter World by A.G. Riddle (Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini & Amanda Leigh Cobb)five-stars
Winter World by A.G. Riddle
Narrator: Amanda Leigh Cobb, Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
Series: The Long Winter #1
Published by Recorded Books Genres: Cli-Fi, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Technothriller
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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.

I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: The Atlantis Gene, The Solar War (The Long Winter #2), The Extinction Trials
Also in this series: The Solar War (The Long Winter #2)


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