Distant Suns by Patricia Smith

Posted May 27, 2015 by E.J. Roberts in 4 Stars, Adult, Apocalyptic, Book Review, Science Fiction, Teen / 0 Comments

4 starA large cloud of hydrogen gas was streaking through the universe, leaving any planet in its wake a desolate place. Soon it became time for Earth to be in its sights. It didn’t care that it would wipe out an entire planet that teamed with life. However, only a few people were allowed to know about it: the astronomers who discovered it and a few high ranking officials. However, as they braced for the inevitable, Jupiter’s gravitational pull came to the rescue, or did it? As it absorbed the giant cloud of hydrogen, Jupiter’s mass increased and began tearing its moons apart. In the process, Jupiter became Earth’s greatest enemy and assured its slow destruction. Only a few brave people would step forward to save humanity.

My Opinion:

While this book was not action packed by any stretch of the imagination, the constant moving of the reader through the events of the Earth facing its final destruction, whether through a flaming ball of fire, or slowly cooked to death by a second sun, it was amazing. While there were a lot of characters in this book, only a few took center stage. Among them were Edward and his wife, Jenny. Jenny’s sister Sarah and her little boy, Ben, and Lauren. Lauren was a brilliant astronomer brought in straight out of school to help Edward and his colleagues chart the path of the hydrogen gas cloud.

When I first started reading this book, I’ll admit I was a bit disappointed in the prologue. I personally believed it could have been left off completely and wouldn’t have affected the book in any way. I got into the story as soon as I was past it. Another thing to keep in mind is the author is British, so she obviously uses terms Americans aren’t used to hearing on a normal basis. Of course, if you’re a fan of any kind of British television or authors, it won’t be a problem in the least.

All I know is I was captivated from beginning to end and had to force myself to put the book down when it was time for bed. While many books are apocalyptic these days, Patricia looks at it from a different angle. She looks at it in the light of it beginning to happen and what it could potentially lead to. She does a stellar job and I would highly recommend this book.

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