In 2030, human civilization is faced with almost certain extermination. Weather patterns have become more extreme. Super storm after super storm pops up without warning. Some cities and even some smaller nations have become uninhabitable. Some say it is a man-made issue, others claim it is natural. To those losing family members, to those whose lives are destroyed, it doesn't matter what caused it, they only care about how to make it stop.
The public is demanding action. In the US, politicians are under pressure to act swiftly. Conservationist groups lobby for ending the use of fossil fuels, while corporate interests lobby for retaining full exploitation of fossil resources.
A scientist named Emma Hallbar offers a solution to climate change that offers humanity a lifeline. She dedicates her life to finding a way to control the environment so that all humans can live a life free of these unpredictable climactic temper tantrums. The result is the largest space program as well as the most unified global effort in history.
Human nature creates unforeseen conflicts on a scale that have globally tragic effects. Just when she thinks that she has the whole thing under control, a terrorist strike threatens to take it all away. Can Doctor Hallbar save humanity from Mother Nature as well as human kind's interpersonal struggles?
Can a chaotic system as complex as the climate of an entire planet be influenced by man at all? Can she find a way to make that influence positive? Can she control the weather well enough to stop the tragedies that are destroying the lives of millions of people?
Saving the Earth is the first in a series by Optical Society of America Fellow Devon G. Crowe and number-one best-selling author Timothy Imholt. It is a highly entertaining, fast-moving first step into a series of novels that contain events that threaten the future existence of humans as the dominant species on Earth.
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"Big Ben has fallen."
This is a hard book to 'score'. On the one hand, as an enjoyable story with three dimensional characters, this must rate (if the opening chapter is omitted) as a solid two. Same for ongoing tension. However, as a vehicle to carry an idea, that of the need to take immediate and dramatic action, and a way to do it, to stop further global warming (whatever is causing it) this certainly rates as a five plus. It reads like a fully detailed scientific blueprint for what to do as well as the obstacles and how to overcome them when trying to institute such actions. It is a slight personal story of Emma, dedicated to having her ideas brought to fruition, linking talks and speeches and question and answer debates.
The authors are obviously heavily motivated to get their message across. And in this they do an outstanding job. However, less formal talk appearances and more concentration on bringing the main protagonist to life would have vastly improved this fictional story. And they showed at the beginning that they could have done it: the opening chapter is emotionally challenging as a storm hits Tahiti, Emma's home, to which she was returning to spend her school holidays with her famous film star mother and hotel manager father. The immediate consequences for young Emma, unable to board her flight and seeing her parent's deaths played out on the news, was heart rending. But then the authors seem to take a step back from emotion, the better to sell their ideas.
David Loving, the narrator has a beautiful, warm, rich voice and his reading is clear, well paced and adds some much needed intonation to what otherwise would feel more like an ongoing news broadcast. But his is a difficult task as he tells of 'sunshades' and the 'slingatron' in all of their fulsome details, financial as well as scientific, which does make this more of a reading, despite some slight voicing differences for the protagonists. A slightly strange accenting had me believing the main character was named Irma or Imma, until I read the synopsis after finishing the book and, similarly, the number ten was pronounced 'tin'.
I do think that this could be an exciting film, the race against time to control the violent cyclonic storms creating increasing havoc worldwide, the poor orphaned rich girl who dedicates her life to science and the fight to become the "potential saviour of humanity,", her eventual rebuilding of a life with another scientist. The film actors would, hopefully, breath life into the characters, and the screenwriters play down the long pages of information detail on how the whole sunshade system works. Plus there are plenty of opportunities for amazing spectacular visuals of the destructive forces of nature. Yes, with a little rewriting, it could be a blockbuster film.
I was gifted my copy of Degrees, Saving the Earth,, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. Despite my criticisms above, it is a book I am very glad to have heard. As a vehicle to convey a message, this is superb. And it is a message we all need to hear.
- Norma Miles