They have come for our most important resource...
The year is 2061, and the planet is dying. Cataclysmic solar storms have forced leaders from around the world to finally put aside their differences and agree on one thing - to jump ship. The human race is headed to Mars.
Dr. Sophie Winston is hired by New Tech Corporation to test a biosphere deep within the heart of Cheyenne Mountain; a mission she believes will help prepare NTC for the three-year flight to the red planet. But, just days into the assignment, things start to go wrong. When the blast doors hiss open, Winston's team finds a changed world outside. Humans are gone, vanished without a trace, and they aren't the only thing missing. The planet's water is gone, too.
As the team explores their surroundings, they find thousands of luminous blue orbs lining the streets. It isn't until they uncover what's inside that they realize the nightmare that lies ahead.
©2013 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Yes, anyone looking for a fast-paced alien invasion would enjoy this book.
Overton: he's the tough military commander who insures there will be more alien vs. machine gun action!
She did Sophie really well.
I listened to it while driving to college this past summer.
Original. Creative. Terrifying.
Character development is a huge thing for me. Feeling connected to the characters can make or break a story and this definitely delivers. I am looking forward to more!
Elizabeth brought to life the words on the page. I loved her adaptation of the words from the pages.
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Aliens come to Earth and kill 99% of the humans. Sound familiar? Orbs is different in that it takes a generally original and unique approach to the time honored alien invasion. Instead of bombs, lasers or some other weapon of mass destruction, the aliens are sucking the water from every source available – lakes, ponds, animals, plants and humans. They leave all the structures intact. The physics of this idea are dicey, but the logic is sound. Water is likely to be the common denominator of compatible species. And when it becomes scarce enough, aliens might indeed attack other worlds for it. Smith asks the important question, will they be so different from us that moral concerns for other life simply won’t matter.
Just under the surface of the action packed story is an environmental theme of guilt and waste; that the humans have taken something so precious for granted. The reader is not bashed over the head with it, but the theme is clear and helps us empathize with the characters. There is a strong feeling of connection to our dying earth, personal and deep. “What have we lost?”
Most of the characters are well developed and easy to empathize with. Sometimes the reader is told too many times about the deep emotions of the characters rather than showing us through dialogue or action. There is also a tendency to report on past action rather than move forward at times. These writing quirks are sometimes distracting, but don’t harm the story.
Elizabeth Evans does an excellent job with the narration. Her voice is clear and strong and enjoyable to listen to. Each character voice is clearly differentiated and male voices are strong. Her only weakness are her accents, they sound strange. This doesn’t hurt the story, and is only slightly distracting.
Orbs is the first volume of a trilogy. It ends at an appropriate point, leaving the reader hungry for the next book, but not hanging on a cliff either. Good, hard science fiction for any lover of alien invasions or post-apocalyptic earth. You’ll want to move right on to book 2 and find out if humanity really is doomed.
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The story was very good with multiple twists along the way. The narrators main voices were ok. Didn't care for the geek voices. I am going to continue the series.
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I really enjoyed this book. I'm a big scifi fan, so this book had everything to keep me entertained. I'm excited to read the next one and see if they can reverse some of the damage done by the aliens. I also hope they put a hurting on those slimy bugs.
Good alien invasion story with a lot action and suspense. The narrator has a hard time with men's voices which made the story hard to listen to at times
I loved the story but one thing kept bugging me in the reading. The pronunciation of HUD short for Heads Up Display. Every person I've ever heard speak the abbreviation says "hud" not "haych you dee". That really started to get on my nerves after about the 100th time (I'm not inflating that number - it really was in that book a LOT).
Sci fi lit has never been a favorite, but N Smith won me over with this one. I like the idea behind this end of times take. It's different and very plausible.
I wanted to enjoy the book. The synopsis sounds interesting, but in the end it tends to drag on without making progress.
The story itself isn't bad. The way it's told just doesn't keep my interest.
Again, the story itself is interesting. The aliens and their agenda fits nicely in the world of "almost believable" while at the same time being different enough to distinguish this from a typical alien apocalypse story.
"Good idea, ruined by cliched characters"
I doubt many people will rave about this. Its a perfectly reasonable story and a good concept.
The characters we terribly clichéd, from the scar-faced tough talking marine, and the insecure annoying IT geek, to the lead female who couldn't seem to decide of she was a tough professional women or a screaming wet lettuce incapable of making decisions. Don't get me started on the AI! All she seemed used for was a forced narration of events for people who seemed to have short term memory loss and couldn't remember the last few pages.
Appropriate, clear, solid
The AI should have had a purpose, it didn't, either remove it or actually have it serving a purpose that supports the story. Ditch the entire love interest element as it didn't work, it fogged the readers understanding of her motives and background. The IT guy! Why was he in the story? What did he do? Delete him
The concept was good, the science was good, I liked the overall ideas and arc of the story, but as with all good stories you need to be able to suspend belief and get rolled along with the story. All too often I was brought crashing back out of the story by some jarring character cliché.
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