Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review and Giveaway: ARCTIC RISING, by Tobias Buckell


Today it's all about ice and heat, with Tobias Buckell’s scary-because-it-could-happen story of global warming and nuclear terrorism run amok. I love a good futuristic disaster tale, as long as it doesn’t preach at me, and Buckell knows how to tell a good story without being heavy-handed. Want a copy? Read on!
THE OFFICIAL BLURB: Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it's about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean. Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. Thousands of tiny mirrors floating in the air can create a giant sunshade, capable of redirecting heat and cooling the earth's surface. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen. Anika Duncan is an airship pilot for the underfunded United Nations Polar Guard. She’s intent on capturing a smuggled nuclear weapon that has made it into the Polar Circle and bringing the smugglers to justice. Anika finds herself caught up in a plot by a cabal of military agencies and corporations who want Gaia Corporation stopped. But when Gaia Corp loses control of their superweapon, it will be Anika who has to decide the future of the world. The nuclear weapon she has risked her life to find is the only thing that can stop the floating sunshade after it falls into the wrong hands
MY THOUGHTS: Arctic Rising gets off to a fast start, as United Nations Polar Guard Anika Duncan, on dull security duty, finds herself doing a routine check of what at first looks like a normal ship transversing the area between the Arctic Circle and Canada--now melted. Only it's not a normal crossing at all, as she realizes when the crew of the ship pulls out an RPG and aims it at her slow-moving surveillance aircraft. From there on, the book rolls out like a good thriller with some hard-science overtones. In other words, it's a good read and doesn't get so caught up in the "sci" part of the sci-fi that the "fi" gets lost. There's a bit of heavy world building in the first two chapters, but then it starts rolling like a train headed downhill, and you might as well strap yourself in for the ride. And I loved that it had a woman in the hero role--smart and strong without just being a guy in a dress. Well played.

THE GIVEAWAY: Want to win Arctic Rising? Have you read a good book about environmental disaster? Four entries possible:  +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet. Go!

25 comments:

  1. Oh this sounds interesting! I love thrillers like this I'll have to check it out! Great review!

    Giselle
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  2. This sounds right up my alley! Great review. Thanks!

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    Riva

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  3. I haven't read any books about a natural disaster but this sounds good.

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  4. I love these kinds of books. Way back, I'd started Kim Stanley Robinson's trilogy, FORTY SIGNS OF RAIN, FIFTY DEGREES BELOW, and SIXTY DAYS AND COUNTING. For some reason, I never moved on to book 3 (shame on me). There are a few others I've enjoyed throughout the years, but the titles aren't coming to mind at the moment.

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  5. So interested in reading this! The only other true environmental fiction I've read is the Windup Girl and I found it boring and didn't finish (I know, that's terrible of me!).

    follow your blog and your twitter, and RTed (as lenamoster).

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  6. Love Sci Fi and thrillers. Love reading your blog! Cant wait for AAD NOLA!!

    Annie
    bookedandloaded Annie Slasher

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  7. I've been hearing alot about this one, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

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  8. I am not sure I want to read this. I do love Clive Cussler books though, is this one comparable?

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  9. @Aurian...That's actually a pretty good comp for this book. Think Clive Cussler with a higher geek factor :-)

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  10. Sound interesting!!!! I haven't read any but about environnemental disaster.....but I read a lot of dystopian young adult!!!

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  11. ohh Some new dystopian twist!
    I love me end of the world as we know it scenarios.

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  12. I have not read any natural disaster books that I can think of at this time. I would like to read Artic Rising though. Thanks!

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  13. I haven't read any environmental disaster books, but this one sounds really interesting!

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  14. I read Ashfall by Mike Mullins about a volcano eruption and I loved it! I've been hearing really good things about Arctic Rising and would love to read it for myself! Thanks so much for the awesome review and giveaway:)

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  15. I've heard this has something of a James Bond feel to it. Wouldn't mind reading it.

    Can't say I've read too much fiction with any sort of environmental angle to it.

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  16. Ohh. This seems like an awesome book :D Would love to win it. <3 thanks for the chance :) Hmm, well, I have read Ashfall by Mike Mullin :D That is a great book.

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  17. haven't read any such books.


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  18. Not really, but would be nice to start one!

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  19. I love books that could actually happen!
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  20. I'm not sure I remember reading any books about natural disasters - it's usually more focused on zombie plagues! I do like the sound of this book though!

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  21. I've never tried a natural disaster book but would love to give it a try.

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  22. I haven't read any books about environmental disasters yet.

    I follow the blog.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  23. Hm..the first book about an environmental disaster that comes to mind (since I've read it recently)is the Guardians of the Phoenix by Eric Brown. It deals with the aftermath of the global warming disaster and people surviving in what's left, and their hope to save the Earth before it's too late. It's more an adventure story than it's concerned with the environment, but it's still an entertaining read :)

    thanks!

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  24. Surprisingly no I have not read any books about natural disasters.

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