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Publisher's Summary

At the end of the world, who will survive?
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 the company 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 has disappeared, 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.
©2018 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By N.W.Wisniewski on 04-27-18

Great reboot!

I have loved Smiths Orb series for a long time. I did have a little trouble with the original narrator but the story was awesome. Now Pinchot brought a new level to the story! Smith creates characters that you love and hate. He has some outlandish alien ideas that will scare you! Plus they want whats inside you! I cant not wait to continue reading this series!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Melissa and Josh on 04-17-18

Like inception for the post-apocalypse genre

Josh Here

And my journey into the Nicholas Sansbury Smith writing world continues with the first book in the Orbs series after reading his other books (Extinction Cycle, Trackers, and Hell Divers). Given the propensity for my being drawn into his other works due to his writing and storytelling styles and talent, it felt natural to progress to this series. I am glad that I did as I feel this book really puts an interesting twist on the alien apocalypse genre.

The title for my review was actually my working idea as I listened to the first entry in the series. It was not until about ¾ of the way through that I realized it might not fit as I had originally intended. None-the-less, I still feel it holds as we do have a disaster within a disaster (akin to the dream within a dream) more of the story unfolds.

What does humanity do when planning and work has already started because of one disaster only to have another disaster occur right in the middle of said planning? Well, that is what this story seeks to address. I will not go into a plot summary as I want to avoid spoilers for those reading the series.

I found myself drawn in to this series right from the start and found myself not wanting to stop. As is the usual with Nick’s writings, he elicited many emotions from me during his telling of Sophie and her team. Some of these emotions came at the behest of the nature of certain characters. Likewise, I developed a cringe when it was described what the organics did to a living human body. In particular, I found myself wanting to punch something due to the anger I felt at Timothy’s character; talk about a pain in the butt. Not sure I could handle someone as negative as him in real life. Likewise, I was torn with Sophie’s character throughout the story. Her initial need to be in charge combined with her incessant focus on the original mission she was placed in charge of made it difficult to side with her at points; although she did redeem herself towards the middle of the book.

I loved Nick’s recognition of the very nature of military service and the connection service members have towards one another (although my wife says this is specifically a “guy thing”). One particular favorite moment of mine was with SGT Overton saying, “Let’s go, you shitheads”. This is a classic depiction of the realities of military life. We are often times vulgar to each other and this helps foster a sense of connection/comradery. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been referred to in this manner, or referred to others in this manner, and absolutely enjoying it, even if given in a negative sense due to a mess up of some kind. That said, I will say that Marines would never like being referred to as a “soldier”. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

I was able to pick out, or associate, many pop culture references in my own mind which helped me visualize various points in the book. Right from the start, I immediately associated Alexia to Amazon’s newly released Alexa devices. This continued throughout the as the team often asked Alexia for information in traditional Alexa style (Even though Alexia came into being long before Amazon’s Service). Likewise, the spiders in the story caused me to visualize the Chrysalids from the XCOM games (Scratch, Scrape). And the train discussed in the book brought about visions of Resident Evil.

As is usual in Nick’s books, he brings about many examples of the various depictions of the nature of humanity. Whether it is the way humans take for granted the finite resources we have on this planet (water, in this case), or the way individuals react in a disaster scenario, Nick did another fantastic job of showcasing how these reactions and reactions can vary from person to person. For example, what would you do when you find out there might be other survivors (the scene where they picked up Luke’s beacon)? Do you stay in the safety of your location or risk it out there with the organics? What about the situation with kids? Again, these situations really make you think and examine how you would react in a scenario. A large portion would likely think they would react one way, but when put in the actual situation would find themselves reacting in the opposing manner.

Another easy 5/5 from Mr. NSS

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5 out of 5 stars
By saskiadotritchieatgmaildotcom on 07-27-18

I just loved it

horror... sci fi... non sickening romance... unfathomable aliens, realistically flawed charachters and the end of humanity

what's not to love about this fast paced story?

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5 out of 5 stars
By wolf boy on 06-21-18

Living through the ending of the world

Another great series from my favourite author, well read by a professional who acts his way through the reading in great form.

Can't wait to find out what happens.

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