After Worlds Collide picks up the story of its predecessor, When Worlds Collide. This sequel tells the story of the survivors' progress on the new world Bronson Beta after the destruction of Earth by a rogue planet.
©1933, 1934 Edwin Balmer & Philip Wylie (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I enjoyed When Worlds Collide. It ends where this one begins. The authors would have done better leaving the story to our imaginations. The plot is very contrived and predictable. The authors set up a huge potential conflict and then disposes of it in a short narrative section that can be summed up as "all the bad guys die and everyone else lives happily ever after." It's almost as if the authors got tired of the story or the publisher told them they couldn't have sufficient word count to tie things up. My advice is to stick with the first volume and give this one a pass.
I've watched the 1952 film of "When Worlds Collide" many times. At the end of the film I always wondered what happened after they landed. When this book appeared as a daily special I bought it without hesitation.
The book was written in the early 1930's. The writing style seems formal, and sometimes wordy. Attitudes about nationality, race and gender were different then.
Even with these drawbacks, I enjoyed the story. In my mind I could visualize the locations described. There were a number of plot twists. As I listened I wasn't sure how it would end.
For me this was an enjoyable, if somewhat flawed, book.
As much a lesson in life and the human condition as it is sci-fi, this book was a very good predictor of the future. Written in 1933, it predicted many things that have come to pass. Alas, humanity has not gotten past that nasty aggressive war thing and life goes on.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
This book is both an afterward and a prequel to another book, never written. The first half is fine, following the survivors onto the new planet, but then it descends into muck - enemies, thwarted love, etc etc. I recently reread When Worlds Collide - much better than the old movie. I would give that a 4.5. After that, it's up to you.
A good fallow on to the first book. Made you actually think that if we all were lost that the ones to start a new world would be good,
The problem I had with this second book is twofold. The main problem is that towards the end of the book the author(s) lost interest in writing about the subject. That gave the book a feeling like it was rushing towards the end. Another problem I had with the book was the somewhat silly axis vs allies slant on the story. Maybe it's got to do with the years having passed between writing the book and reading it today, but it annoyed me quite a bit.
The writing at times seems to be a bit arkward at times, too often the author explains things that need not be explained. It's almost as if he assumes the reader is suffering from a short-term memory loss problem.
The voice of the narrator went well with the very often pompous writing, but I doubt I would like to listen to this narrator's other work.
the first book ends and this one begins with a very promising idea that might have salvaged the set but unfortunately it is not pursued in favor of a boring "men from earth bring pettiness and war with them" storyline.
I loved this book when I was in High School in the 60's. Unfortunately, it doesn't hold up very well -- written just before Hitler came to power some aspects of the politics, culture and the science are too far afield for suspension of disbelief. But it is still an OK story.
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