Review of ‘Atlas and the Winds’ series (so far) by Eric Michael Craig

Stormhaven Rising: The world is about to end – but no one is telling…

Okay. Mindbending. And so possible. Another one of those books that has you looking over your shoulder. But. Exquisitely written. I may be in love.

Jane Jago.

 

Stormhaven Rising is a multifaceted story based around the prospect of an Asteroid hitting the earth at breakneck speed and the lengths that could be taken if something like that were to happen. The story is told from several perspectives, from a political and scientific standpoint.

The plot was slightly reminiscent, and please don’t judge me for comparing a book to a film (or films, in this case), but it reminded me of a cross between Deep Impact and Armageddon…but only in places.

There was a fair bit of dialogue in this story, which was really well done. I love a book with a great dialogue and this one ticked all the boxes. I have to say, this is probably the longest book I’ve ever read, but by no means was it boring…in fact, it was the complete opposite. I found it difficult to put down, but I knew I would get the sack if I didn’t XD.

Long story short, if you like epic, well written Sci-fi novels, with the odd reference to Star Trek…yes, I did notice the references =)…then you’ll love this book.

L.N. Denison.

 

Prometheus and the Dragon – A book with maximum impact

“Does anybody else feel like we’ve just been made responsible for the entire future?”

‘Prometheus and the Dragon’ is the aptly named second book in the ‘Atlas and the Winds’ series and follows up on ‘Stormhaven Rising’ with a powerful continuation of the story.

Antu is coming – a lump of rock which will destroy human life on earth. Instead of co-operating to meet the challenge, the world has fragmented and there are various nations attempting individual projects to deflect it. But some seem to think the chance of those efforts failing is high and prefer to invest in lunar colonies – or in repositories of genetic material: human, animal and vegetable.
The technology exists to deflect Antu and is already doing its job. Given just a reasonable modicum of good fortune the world will be saved. But a string of accidents and disasters could still seal the fate of Planet Earth and bring disaster instead of survival.

“If it weren’t for you, we’d have no hope at all”

The people most at home on the moon are Colton Taylor’s future-tech company. They already have solutions to many of the problems the other lunar colonies have yet to even think about. I liked it that in this book that we get to know their people (and AI) in a bit more depth and start to see the reality of the man behind them. They are the real heroes of this story and it is their people we shadow most closely and come to care most about – except possibly the US President whose ‘pink fuzzy slippers’ moment is one I cherish.

This book has insight and insanity, humour and horror, courageous feats and catastrophic fiascos, it shows humanity at its finest and its most feral. And as with all good literature, it turns the mirror back on those who are its readers, challenging them to consider where they would stand or how they would fall.

“We’ve still got work to do out here. Suck it up for now, and let’s get through what we’ve got in front of us. We can both fall apart later.”

So what is not like? Not much – very little in fact. I still struggled a bit with what I felt was an overlarge cast of characters, leading to frequent shifts in viewpoint and all too often it seemed we only met someone so they could die horribly a few pages later. I also found the description of the logistical detail a little overwhelming – but I do recognise that this is something another reader could find adds verisimilitude and solid foundations to the story. But these minor issues were not enough for me to be taken away from the roller-coaster ride of immersion in a storyline which put a bit extra into ‘existential’.

This is a very well written and compelling book and if you enjoy political thrillers, near future dystopias, apocalyptic sci-fi – or seek a thought-provoking and plausible insight into one way humanity could react in the face of such an extreme crisis, I would recommend this book wholeheartedly. But I would also recommend reading ‘Stormhaven Rising’ first or you will miss out on some valuable scene setting and a thundering good tale.

For myself, I am looking forward to seeing how the story continues and develops in the next book which I hope will be out in the not too distant future.

E.M. Swift-Hook.

Stormhaven Rising and Prometheus and the Dragon are the first two books in the Atlas and the Winds series of books by Eric Michael Craig.

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