Juniper Mackenzie was singing and playing guitar in a pub when her small Oregon town was thrust into darkness. Cars refused to start. Phones were silent. And when an airliner crashed, no sirens sounded and no fire trucks arrived. Now, taking refuge in her family's cabin with her daughter and a growing circle of friends, Juniper is determined to create a farming community to benefit the survivors of this crisis.
But even as people band together to help one another, others are building armies for conquest.
©2004 Stirling; (P)2008 Tantor
"The novel's dual themes - myth and technology -should appeal to both fantasy and hard SF readers as well as to techno-thriller fans." (Publishers Weekly)
I've really enjoyed this whole series so far (this is the first book but I've listened to books two and three now too)
The concept of what would happen if the world just stopped working right is age old in survival fiction and scifi but this was a new detailed take that really caught my imagination.
My complaint, and it's only obvious to those of us who are historical buffs (but let's face it a story where the history geeks rule the world after the apocalypse this is part of the target audience) I wish the narrator would have studied up on correct pronunciation of things like the pieces of armor or weapons. He even mispronounced city names that are not that unknown. Oh well, mispronunciation is my bane but for once I was able to glaze over it and enjoy a book that I'm sure will be re-listened to over and over again.
This is a great read the plot is wonderful the charcters exceptional. A thrill from start to finish!
Gag me with stonehenge... I've read a lot of far fetched alternate fantasy that one could accept and enjoy but this was certainly not one. the pagan theme totally ruined the story it was too prepotorus. We do not have enough wiccans in our world prancing around to make thi work
None ... I would not want to cause offense to them
What a waste of a great storey line... Let someone else rewrit it
Not my type of book, and gave up after a few hours. dwells too much on the negatives of human nature.
My only regret about "The change" novels is that I didn't find them sooner. The world building is excellent, mostly because it includes the deconstruction of modern society as well as the construction of a new one. Many things in this story could have gone another way, and the little mini societies that survive are indicative of how your resources and leadership in life or death situations like this one are more determining factors than one may have previously believed. Mostly I like how it brings to life human values and highlights the things that we take for granted in modern society. Most people in america never experience a life or death situation and never really worry about their next meal. With no market to go to or fast food places...what would you do? It made me really think about my own skill set and how useless most of us would be in a post modern society.
This novel made me think. It's not just sci fi or speculative fiction, it puts you there and makes you ask questions of yourself...something books rarely do these days.
Kudos to the narrator as well. He brought a solemnness to the situation that I believe helped me visualize which is so important in the audio format.
This is a very captivating series and the first book "Dies the Fire" is definitely an intelligent, thoughtful, and action-packed start. The narrator of the audio-book, Todd McLaren is excellent! He has a very steady voice and keeps track of the unique inflections he applies to the multitude of characters in the book. He is my favorite audio-book narrator to date.
I love this book and the entire series, I have read and listened to the books multiple times. Stirling is a fantastic writer I enjoy all of the character development and vivid story lines. My only issues are waiting for the latest installment to be finished and it seems the books are getting shorter. Thanks for the hours of entertainment.
I loved the concept for this book. The author however has this tendency to spend way too much time describing boring, bland things. Do I really need to know THAT much about potato soup, or how to harvest wheat? The events in the story dont seem overly fantastical too. I mean, its just coincidence that you find a bow maker, a black smith, a fencing trainer, etc to join your group when you find civilization suddenly being forced back into the middle ages? Yeah... not likely.
50% of this book is about the food they eat, and the farming they do, and a lot of other mundane things that are required (but uninteresting) to survive. 25% is about the actual change to the world, and the last 25% is decently entertaining combat sequences. If you endure the 50% that is about food and farming, then the rest will be enjoyable.
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