Near the end of the 21st century, corporations have replaced state and federal governments following a bitter civil war, making way for a rewritten Constitution and a new America. The planet is plagued by a runaway greenhouse effect and the once exotic diseases that come with it, exposing a dramatic rift between the untreated poor and the few who can afford a highly sophisticated regimen of nano-injections. But Abraham Trevis, the world's most influential CEO and a visionary astrophysicist, believes he has the answers to Earth's challenges.
Meanwhile, Dr. Brody Springer is a lonely astronomer who leads the Delphi research team for Abraham high in the Klamath Mountains of Northern California. Delphi, a revolutionary telescope array positioned at the far end of our solar system, can explore even the deepest reaches of the known universe. Brody has always been preoccupied by this vast sea of planets and stars, but now more than ever, as he copes with the unexplained death of his wife and fellow researcher, Hope - Abraham's adopted daughter. She enriched all of Brody's pursuits while Abraham had been a mentor to him. But now both are far out of reach.
As Brody attempts to preserve Hope's memory through a telling series of journal entries, Delphi discovers a planet in a distant star system that was never supposed to exist - and that Hope had predicted. Brody is left to defend its ghostly truth despite his training and the skepticism of his peers, and as one cosmic mystery unfolds, other more sinister events surface closer to home. An unstoppable force is ready to strike, and at stake is the vision of what humanity's future must be in a hostile universe that, through it all, still seems to offer signs of hope. A universe where a wife's love might prove stronger than gravity and faster than the speed of light.
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Gem of a Story!
This story was a nice surprise for me! I expected a sci fi mystery type story going through the details of Dr. Brody Springer discovering a new planet that was first predicted by his late wife, Hope. What this story ended up being, for me at least, was...a love story. There was mystery, action, futuristic tech and thriller aspects as well but how it was written became for me a love story with all the other elements plugged in at the right times.
The story is set in a dystopian and not-too-distant future. It sets the haves against the have nots in a world controlled by super powerful corporations and ruined by global warming and superbugs. It could have been a setting for obvious political views but the author focuses instead on the story and I like him and the story all the more for that. In short, worth the time to listen.
I received this book for free through Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review.
- Reg "Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!"
Wonderful Sci-fi read