Final Days

  • by Gary Gibson
  • Narrated by Nigel Carrington
  • 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's 2235 and through the advent of wormhole technology more than a dozen interstellar colonies have been linked to Earth; but this new mode of transportation comes at a price and there are risks.
Saul Dumont knows this better than anyone. He's still trying to cope with the loss of the wormhole link to the Galileo system, which has stranded him on Earth far from his wife and child for the past several years. Only weeks away from the link with Galileo finally being re-established, he stumbles across a conspiracy to suppress the discovery of a second, alien network of wormholes which lead billions of years into the future.
A covert expedition is sent to what is named Site 17 to investigate, but when an accident occurs and one of the expedition, Mitchell Stone, disappears, they realize that they are dealing with something far beyond their understanding.
When a second expedition travels via the wormholes to Earth in the near future of 2245 they discover a devastated, lifeless solar system—all except for one man, Mitchell Stone, recovered from an experimental cryogenics facility in the ruins of a lunar city. Stone may be the only surviving witness to the coming destruction of the Earth. But why is he the only survivor—and once he's brought back to the present, is there any way he and Saul can prevent the destruction that’s coming?

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Great science fiction. Gripping action, the reader is plunged into the mystery from the very first pages and is immediately taken in by the story. The story is apocalyptic and is given from the perspective of a number of key characters. It revolves around ancient artefacts created by an unknown race and the technology of wormholes used by humanity in the present time of the book.

All in all, an average read.

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- Ingwe

Futuristic armageddon

Note: Ignore the description provided with this audiobook, that one is actually for the 2nd installment in this series (not yet released) entitled, Thousand Emperors.

Final Days takes place in the early 23rd century. Wormhole technology has allowed colonization of distant planets. In the current galacto-political structure, Earth continues to dominate by maintaining a hub and spoke structure for the wormhole configuration. In other words, all travel is between Earth (more properly, the moon) and the colonies. Inter-colony travel is not permitted. This imposition has led to separatists movements attempting to rectify the situation and a heavy handed, almost totalitarian response by the Earth oligarchy. Added to this volatile mix is the recent discovery of alien artifacts suggesting advanced technology that results in the realization that Earth is doomed and drastic measures will be needed to secure the ruling hierarchy's survival while maintaining secrecy.

The sci-fi elements are well done and integrated without overwhelming the story. In addition to wormhole technology and aliens, an interesting twist on time travel is presented. Pacing is uneven and begins very slowly as multiple plot lines are created to introduce the characters. Much of this early action is peripheral to the overall plot. In addition, the initial focus on individual characters is unrelated to their involvement for the rest of the story (this may be tolerable if those characters are involved in later installments, however). Unfortunately, the multiple plot twists near the end, make for empathy whiplashs in terms of who and what to be rooting for as the tale climaxes. The finale is a bit of a head scratcher. Hopefully the next installment will reset the story arc.

The narration is well done and the range of voices is more than adequate.
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- Michael G Kurilla

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios