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SCIENCE FICTION/Baxter, Stephen
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Published
New York : Roc 2009.
Language
English
Item Description
"Previously published in a Gollancz hardcover edition."
Physical Description
490 p.
ISBN
9780451463289
9780451462718
0451462718
Main Author
Stephen Baxter (-)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Four hostages freed after five years of captivity by a Spanish extremist group vow to keep in touch. But with the oceans steadily rising and governments, corporations, and determined individuals battling for a solution, the hostages find themselves caught in currents of intrigue and politics. The best-selling author of the "Time's Tapestry" series takes a familiar doomsday scenario and gives it an unexpected twist of mythical proportions. The first of two books, this sf horror thriller presents hard science and theoretical plausibilities in a visceral and immediate style. A new postapocalyptic sf classic that should appeal to fans of disaster fiction and Kim Stanley Robinson's eco-trilogy (e.g., Forty Signs of Rain). [Page 68]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In an engrossing, daring and occasionally overambitious novel, Baxter (Weaver) narrates the final 42 years of dry land on earth. Four political hostages are freed in Barcelona in 2016, and their stories through the years show the attempts to save the planet even as rapidly rising ocean levels wipe out major cities. USAF Capt. Lily Brooke works with billionaire Nathan Lammockson to build a haven, while oceanographer Thandie Jones attempts to determine the causes of the flooding. Baxter skips ahead years at a time, often eliding major conflict resolutions, character development and deaths; this choice disrupts the storytelling but smartly underscores the isolation in which the characters often operate. Readers who push through will be rewarded with a fascinating apocalyptic vision—but little resolution—a nice setup for a sequel. (May) [Page 34]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When four hostages are finally released after five years being held captive together, they face a world suddenly inundated with vast amounts of water that is being released from the earth's mantle.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this. The world they have returned to has been transformed-by water. And the water is rising.