But the president-elect remains optimistic and doesn't intend to give up without a fight. A maverick in every sense of the word, Chase starts organizing the most ambitious plan to save the world from disaster since FDR - and assembling a team of top scientists and advisers to implement it.
For Charlie Quibler, this means re-entering the political fray full-time and giving up full-time care of his young son, Joe. For Frank Vanderwal, hampered by a brain injury, it means trying to protect the woman he loves from a vengeful ex and a rogue "black ops" agency not even the president can control - a task for which neither Frank's work at the National Science Foundation nor his study of Tibetan Buddhism can prepare him.
In a world where time is running out as quickly as its natural resources, where surveillance is almost total and freedom nearly nonexistent, the forecast for the Chase administration looks darker each passing day. For as the last - and most terrible - of natural disasters looms on the horizon, it will take a miracle to stop the clock . . . the kind of miracle that only dedicated men and women can bring about.
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"Robinson's gift is a vision that uses the environment and its complexity as the focus of all that happens, rather than merely as grim set dressing or allegorical overlay." (Time)
I want to offset some of these negative reviews, and the final book in the series was my favorite by far. This series is fiction about the lives of scientists... not science fiction. It's not action packed, not thrilling, and not exactly romantic. In particular, I found the interrelated discussions of climate science and American Transcendentalism to be utterly captivating, and truly moving.
If you want a thriller/ shoot em up, you probably shouldn't get this. If endless digressions about about hiking in the Sierras, raising children, looking at paintings by Vuillard, reading Emerson, Listening to Astor Piazzolla, and considering the carbon sink capacity of lichen covered trees in Siberia sounds interesting, than this is the book for you.
This book would certainly have been rated higher if not for the distracting "style" of the narrator. His mechanical reading was not enjoyable. The story was engaging enough to hold me despite this narrator.
Although it's not a space opera, this is science fiction in the best tradition: an alternative present when the climate crisis is worse. There's plenty of action, lots of science (primatology, meterology, environmental science, psychology, neurology, etc.), politics, thriller intrigue, beautiful descriptions of the environment and sex. Who could want more?
The reader's neutral "narrator" voice is an acquired taste but his diversity of character voices and accents is masterful and I quickly got use to the sound of the narration -- like being in neutral gear in a car.
I thoroughly enjoyed this.
If this wasn't listed in the SciFi section I never would have purchased it. I kept hoping this 3 book series would develope into a decent story- but NO... Save your $$ and buy something else.
Too dry, no story continuity, just alot of political, scientific jargon that doesn't add to the story-that never developed. Title is sooo misleading.
I bought the series all at once and am very disappointed. Slowly developed story line, dull unexciting narration, and only occasionally (Very occasionally) some dark, cerebral humor.
Save your money and credits.
This series had every liberal agenda regarding capitalism, the environment, clandestine right-wing agencies, globalism and Bush-bashing. There were endless droning commentary on bio-statistics, Buddhism, and other stuff. Yet, in the end, Robinson created some very interesting/intriguing characters. If he had preached less, reduced the amount scientific babble, and focused on the plot in one book instead of three - he would have had something.
"Captivating Fiction NOT Sci-Fi!"
It is certainly one of my favourites. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't go into this series expecting big blockbuster style sci-fi thrills. I didn't know what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised to be treated with intelligence and wit, and the ability to follow a slowly developing, but absorbing, story.
I cannot say which characters, as I like to avoid spoilers, but I did enjoy the wedding scene near the end. It gives hope to the story, amid the doom and gloom of our possible future.
I thought his style could have had been a bit warmer, it does sound very automated at times. That being said, his use of accents and pronunciation, and the difference between male and female characters, was very good.
Don't Give Up Hope!
I am glad I persevered with this series, as I was not completely wowed by the first book. The characters really grow and develop, and are not clichéd. This makes for an interesting listen, and a pleasant change from other books I have listened to.
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