* Longlisted for the 2019 Wilbur Smith Prize for best published novel. *
A new ice age... and a shocking discovery... will change humanity forever.
In the near future, an ice age pushes the human race to the edge of extinction.
Scientists search for the cause--and any hope of stopping the Long Winter. They send probes into the solar system to take readings. Near Mars, one of the probes makes a shocking discovery: a mysterious object, drifting toward the Sun. Is it the cause of the Long Winter? Or could it be our only hope of survival?
With time running out, NASA launches a mission to make contact with the artifact. But it isn't what anyone thought. Humanity faces a new kind of threat--and an event that will reveal a dark truth about our future.
From A.G. Riddle, the worldwide bestselling author with OVER 4 MILLION COPIES SOLD, comes a new sci-fi thriller that will forever change the way you look at Earth's place in the solar system.
Praise for A.G. Riddle
"...reads like a superior collaboration between Dan Brown and Michael Crichton."
-- The Guardian on Pandemic
"I finished the book fast because I just couldn't wait..."
-- WIRED GeekDad on Departure
"Riddle... keep(s) the focus on his characters... rather than the technological marvels"
-- Publisher's Weekly on Departure
"Well-constructed and tightly-wound as a fine Swiss watch--DEPARTURE has non-stop action, an engaging plot and, of course, wheels within wheels."
-- Diana Gabaldon, bestselling author of Outlander
MORE ABOUT WINTER WORLD
Each month, Earth grows colder. Snow falls in summer. Glaciers trample cities across North America, Europe, and Asia. The new ice age shows no signs of stopping.
Chaos erupts. Around the world, people abandon their homes and flock to regions where they can survive.
Nations prepare to go to war for the world's last habitable zones.
Scientific organizations search for the reason Earth is cooling. They send probes into the solar system to collect readings. Near Mars, one of the probes finds a mysterious object, drifting toward the sun. Is it responsible for the new ice age? And if so, can we stop it? Or is the artifact merely an observer? Or neither? Could it be a relic from a long-extinct civilization? One thing is certain: investigating the artifact is humanity's best hope of survival.
As the ice age claims more lives and the world slides into anarchy, an international consortium launches a mission into space to study the object and make contact. But the first contact mission doesn't go as planned. What the crew discovers out there is beyond anyone's imagination.
Two members of the first contact mission may hold the keys to humanity's salvation.
Dr. Emma Matthews is the commander aboard the International Space Station. For months, she has watched the world below freeze and civilization unravel. The headlines tell only half of the story. The messages from her sister tell the rest, of a world witnessing mass migrations, fighting for survival, struggling to provide a future for their children. When a catastrophe strikes the ISS, Emma faces her own fight for survival.
Dr. James Sinclair is one of the greatest scientists alive. A mind before his time. Years ago, he invented something with the potential to change the world--an invention that would upset the balance of power in the world forever. Fearing that change, his enemies sent him to prison for a crime he didn't commit. But with humanity's future at stake, NASA asks him to join the first contact mission. His expertise is vital to the mission's success--and to saving Emma. With the clock ticking down to humanity's final days on Earth, James makes a decision that will change his life forever and may determine the fate of the entire human race.
I'm aware I'm odd woman out...I don't want to be! I want to be in the group of A.G. Riddle lovers!It's not Riddle, it's me, and that's obvious by the author's hordes of fans.My first A.G. Riddle so I ...
Written like a screenplay, all talking heads with no chemistry between the characters. I'm not going to believe that the two main characters are falling in love just because the author tells me they a...
I knew I'd love this and I did. A compelling apocalyptic tale, set half on a freezing Earth and the other half in space on the trail of mysterious alien artefacts. Perfect premise, although occasional...
Very meh. It felt like an attempt to cross Enders Game with the Martian, but it fell flat. I honestly can't even remember anyone's names from the novel only a few weeks past reading it. The two main c...
Not an enjoyable read, and quite poorly written. I felt like I was forcing myself to finish the latter third of the book just so I could move on to reading something else as quickly as possible. I dou...
Even though I can’t understand how this book has such a high average rating, I have to acknowledge that and recognise that different books appeal to different readers.The problem for me is not the g...
So, I’m a self-professed fan of post-apocalyptic lit, but I prefer it without zombies, monsters or “nerdy” elements that make me feel like an outsider. I was surprised, then, to find that I actu...
Dual first person telling not showing.5 stars for imagination.1 star for style.Reads like a high school kid wrote it. There are two protagonists and the writing annoyingly shifts between their first p...
I really enjoyed this one. It has the making of a Hollywood blockbuster. I kept seeing the movie in my mind as I was listening to the audiobook!It follows two astronauts, Emma and James as they attemp...
I tend to gravitate toward certain genres during certain seasons. Spring, for example, is a time of hope, and so it requires the hope-filled literature of science fiction. Finding good science fiction...