• by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by Elizabeth Evans
  • Series: ORBS
  • 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

They have come for our most important resource...
The year is 2061, and the planet is dying. Cataclysmic solar storms have forced leaders from around the world to finally put aside their differences and agree on one thing - to jump ship. The human race is headed to Mars.
Dr. Sophie Winston is hired by New Tech Corporation to test a biosphere deep within the heart of Cheyenne Mountain; a mission she believes will help prepare NTC for the three-year flight to the red planet. But, just days into the assignment, things start to go wrong. When the blast doors hiss open, Winston's team finds a changed world outside. Humans are gone, vanished without a trace, and they aren't the only thing missing. The planet's water is gone, too.
As the team explores their surroundings, they find thousands of luminous blue orbs lining the streets. It isn't until they uncover what's inside that they realize the nightmare that lies ahead.


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Customer Reviews

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Good idea, ruined by cliched characters

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I doubt many people will rave about this. Its a perfectly reasonable story and a good concept.

What was most disappointing about Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s story?

The characters we terribly clichéd, from the scar-faced tough talking marine, and the insecure annoying IT geek, to the lead female who couldn't seem to decide of she was a tough professional women or a screaming wet lettuce incapable of making decisions. Don't get me started on the AI! All she seemed used for was a forced narration of events for people who seemed to have short term memory loss and couldn't remember the last few pages.

What three words best describe Elizabeth Evans’s voice?

Appropriate, clear, solid

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from ORBS?

The AI should have had a purpose, it didn't, either remove it or actually have it serving a purpose that supports the story. Ditch the entire love interest element as it didn't work, it fogged the readers understanding of her motives and background. The IT guy! Why was he in the story? What did he do? Delete him

Any additional comments?

The concept was good, the science was good, I liked the overall ideas and arc of the story, but as with all good stories you need to be able to suspend belief and get rolled along with the story. All too often I was brought crashing back out of the story by some jarring character cliché.

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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios