Arctic Rising

  • by Tobias S. Buckell
  • Narrated by Carolyn Michelle Smith
  • 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

“Buckell represents an important force behind the genre’s change. Buckell’s work deals with complex racial issues in a way worthy of the self-proclaimed ‘literature of ideas’: head-on, with no visible flinching, while still managing to give its readers a rollicking good time.” (The Seattle Times)

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Plausible & interesting first 1/3; then falters

The premise and the setting were fascinating: UN Polar Guard airships over the now ice free areas above Canada. And the idea that there would still be smuggling and intrigue -of course, and with energy at the heart. But then both the technology and the plot went pretty far away from plausibility AND the characters felt like they were just speaking their lines. Couldn't finish it and didn't care too much how it ended. I DID like that the heroine is a Nigerian lesbian.
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- K Cornwinkle "!!!"

Near/medium future climate change winners/losers

Thrillers aren't generally my bag, though I found a lot more to like, sf-wise, in Arctic Rising than in Neal Stephenson's ???Reamde???, another "sf/thriller" hybrid of recent memory. (This isn't a fault necessarily of ???Reamde???, it is after all set in a future as near as next year.) For ???Arctic Rising???, I very much enjoyed Smith's narration, my first experience with her as a narrator. She handled African and Afro-Caribbean accents well enough, along with a clear mainline narration, though her Russian accents left a little more to the imagination. Story-wise, an interesting and sophisticated near/medium future of a climate change with winners and losers is marred only a little by the incredulous parade of near-deaths and escapes which drive Anika to and fro. 3.5 to 4 stars, somewhere in there.
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- Samuel Montgomery-Blinn "I'm a voracious audiobibliophile, mainly interested in speculative fiction, with the occasional mimetic fiction or non-fiction title sneaking in."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-20-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios