I read this one years ago, so I knew what I was in for. The story is HUGE...there's really a lot to process (and honestly, this book only covers a small slice...) - more than 99% of the world's population dead...that's a lot of rotting corpses...but there's so much more...power plants without people to run them...sure there's plenty of food and gas for now...but nobody is making more... Likely everyone a person knew is dead - so what to do...try to live alone - stay in the city - head for a cabin in the woods or a mansion in some gated community? Surviving...”this”...was one thing, but what about a broken leg or strep throat? Who else survived...are they good guys or bad...what are they doing - trying to get by alone? Organizing? Going crazy? What's happening in other cities...states...countries? How does humanity continue...regroup and try to get back to what they had...try to change things...? I'm a sucker for this kind of story...and when you throw in a little supernatural good vs. evil, it makes it all the better. The characters are very human – which I both like and dislike – like because they’re believable, dislike because some humans make decisions that drive me insane!
This is one of the books I won’t actively recommend to “everyone”. The story is great – don’t get me wrong – it’s just so long. I know several people who didn’t make it half way through – both the print and audio versions. There are a million professional reviews – go read them, and then decide.
I mostly read or listen to sci-fi/fantasy and leave getting my cosmology, quantum theory, and particle physics to the nice, digestible shows produced by Discovery, the History channel, and the like. I also really try not to use credits on something this short (less than 6 hours!)...but I'm glad I made an exception for this one. I'll admit I had to listen to the book twice (but enjoyed it both times), and that there are still some things this guy says that...I'll probably never comprehend, but wow...this book is interesting. The author also does the narration, which was actually good in this case - he's got this...sort of...animated, smart-alecky attitude combined with true passion and excitement for his work. I also like his attention to detail (or I should say attention to the right details - trying to cram all the details that went into this work would make a book like this completely inaccessible to someone like me) and his overall...take on science - that scientists don't know everything and how they should spend as much time trying to disprove their results as they do trying to prove them, etc.
Anyway - the book kind of brings you up to speed on where these guys are on figuring out...the universe, and presents some really interesting ideas on where everything came from (spoiler alert: it's in the title :P - but it's not that simple, trust me). If you're at all interested in the subject - get this book. Oh, and one final thing - Krauss doesn't say there isn't a god - just that there doesn't HAVE to be one - but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to be able superimpose god over what's being presented here either [translated: if you believe in god, this isn't going to change your opinion]
I really loved this series - could not put it down. The characters are great - immediately drawn into the story and felt connected with them. Assassins are awesome, we all know that, but this series is so much more... Extremely well written - and not...your standard, predictable story-line...
Get this one.
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