***Note: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.***Distant Suns by Patricia Smith
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A massive cloud of hydrogen is travelling through space on a collision course with Earth.
At a high-ranking meeting two astronomers, Edward and Joseph, are sworn to secrecy when they reveal that in six months’ time, as the gas envelops the planet, it will turn the atmosphere into a fireball.
Their beautiful young prodigy, the resourceful Lauren, is initially kept in the dark, but soon discovers the destination of the cloud when she calculates its route.
Two months before its encounter with Earth, the gas is captured and absorbed by the planet Jupiter. They think they have avoided disaster, but you can be looking the wrong way when the end of the world sneaks up on you.
A beautifully descriptive, action packed story about love, self-sacrifice and the desperate battle to avoid extinction on a dying world
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.