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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I doubt many people will rave about this. Its a perfectly reasonable story and a good concept.
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.
Appropriate, clear, solid
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
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.
"Fast-moving Alien Sci-Fi!"
Yes, anyone looking for a fast-paced alien invasion would enjoy this book.
Overton: he's the tough military commander who insures there will be more alien vs. machine gun action!
She did Sophie really well.
I listened to it while driving to college this past summer.
"Great Science Fiction!"
Original. Creative. Terrifying.
Character development is a huge thing for me. Feeling connected to the characters can make or break a story and this definitely delivers. I am looking forward to more!
Elizabeth brought to life the words on the page. I loved her adaptation of the words from the pages.
"an environmental theme of guilt and waste"
Aliens come to Earth and kill 99% of the humans. Sound familiar? Orbs is different in that it takes a generally original and unique approach to the time honored alien invasion. Instead of bombs, lasers or some other weapon of mass destruction, the aliens are sucking the water from every source available – lakes, ponds, animals, plants and humans. They leave all the structures intact. The physics of this idea are dicey, but the logic is sound. Water is likely to be the common denominator of compatible species. And when it becomes scarce enough, aliens might indeed attack other worlds for it. Smith asks the important question, will they be so different from us that moral concerns for other life simply won’t matter.
Just under the surface of the action packed story is an environmental theme of guilt and waste; that the humans have taken something so precious for granted. The reader is not bashed over the head with it, but the theme is clear and helps us empathize with the characters. There is a strong feeling of connection to our dying earth, personal and deep. “What have we lost?”
Most of the characters are well developed and easy to empathize with. Sometimes the reader is told too many times about the deep emotions of the characters rather than showing us through dialogue or action. There is also a tendency to report on past action rather than move forward at times. These writing quirks are sometimes distracting, but don’t harm the story.
Elizabeth Evans does an excellent job with the narration. Her voice is clear and strong and enjoyable to listen to. Each character voice is clearly differentiated and male voices are strong. Her only weakness are her accents, they sound strange. This doesn’t hurt the story, and is only slightly distracting.
Orbs is the first volume of a trilogy. It ends at an appropriate point, leaving the reader hungry for the next book, but not hanging on a cliff either. Good, hard science fiction for any lover of alien invasions or post-apocalyptic earth. You’ll want to move right on to book 2 and find out if humanity really is doomed.
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"A Pseudoscience/ Military/ Horror End."
This was a very interesting read because of the unique way the author decided to end the world. One of the main issues that I have with the story are the characters who seem rather stereotypical in their speech, actions, and motivations. I personally rather enjoyed the creatures. There is a fair amount of action once the story gets going while some of the suspense is a little predictable it still was a good listen.
"Spellbinding!! Once you get past the 3 prequels."
I almost changed my mind about reading this series because the prequel's are so confusing. Like most booknerds, I want to read a series in order. So I was a little put off 1) by the fact that there are three prequels. 2) the prequels are NOT NUMBERED the way the novels are. 3) I became confused when I inadvertently read them out of order. To help those that suffer with my same affliction, read Solar Storms 1st, White Sands 2nd then last but not least Red Sands. But even after this, you're not fully prepared for what starts to unfold in Orbs . This writer has an amazing ability to create scenes in your mind with enough detail to make it crystal clear but not bog you down. I felt as though I could see, hear, even taste everything that was going on around the main characters. Dr. Sophie Winston is an all American female heroine /scientist /hopeless romantic /fatal pragmatic . Not only is she mentally brilliant but when push comes to shove the girl can kick some serious Tail. With extinction looming dark and inevitable in the distance , humanity just might have a chance with Sophie in control .
"Unique Alien Invasion Fun"
I read this author's first book. This one is way different. From the beginning the reader is pulled into the story without really knowing what's going to happen. I love books with an alien invasion premise and although the water idea has been used before it was used in a unique way in this book. The action scenes held my attention and this book truly reads like a movie. Clearly this is where the authors strength is. I could see this hitting the big screen someday.
"Frightening Aliens and Exciting Story"
Nicholas Sansbury Smith has created a frightening world with scary aliens and interesting characters. There are no easy solutions and many twists and turns. Orbs is so fascinating that it is hard to stop reading.
The narrator is alright and grows on you as book progresses. The narrator for author's Extinction series actually adds to enjoyment of that series.
I am so hooked on Orbs that I purchased Kindle Omnibus version and I am immediately beginning Book 2.. I will probably get Audible versions also to help my eyes.
Orbs is a really great read!
"Mind blowing! "
I really enjoyed this book. I'm a big scifi fan, so this book had everything to keep me entertained. I'm excited to read the next one and see if they can reverse some of the damage done by the aliens. I also hope they put a hurting on those slimy bugs.
"I really enjoyed this book."
Sci fi lit has never been a favorite, but N Smith won me over with this one. I like the idea behind this end of times take. It's different and very plausible.
"Full of major prblems wirh plausibility."
You can travel across the stars but you cant make a basic compound like water?
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