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THE EMBERS OF HOPE is the second installment in Nick's Hibernation series and opens with a flashback to 2052. The initial introduction to this science fiction thriller series, THE WHISPER OF STARS, has been a resounding success and deserves reading as a prelude to this second installment, but a brief reminder intro from the author is in order: `The year is 2091. With accelerated warming and global population out of control, the survival of humanity hangs in the balance. On the brink of extinction, science delivers one last hope. Human hibernation. Jennifer Logan is a tough cop in the newly formed Duality Division, tasked with enforcing hibernation. When she uncovers a memory, hidden deep within her mind, her belief in the system she protects is shattered. Together with an unlikely partner, and convinced that her past holds the secret to mankind's future, she embarks on a dangerous search for the truth, one that rapidly turns into a struggle for her life. Pursued by the very people she once trusted, Logan must risk everything for answers. As her world unravels and the layers of deceit are revealed, she is forced to question everything and use all of her skills to survive.' From this very condensed background, we enter THE EMBERS OF HOPE: `After narrowly escaping the Shiryaevo Vault, Nathan O'Brien is on the run, adapting to life without Jennifer Logan. In his possession: a powerful mind control device known as the Histeridae and evidence of the Hibernation Program's true agenda. Beginning with George Mohanty and his words `Death is a relative term', he must unravel the mystery of the Histeridae. But Nathan is on borrowed time, trapped inside a body that was never supposed to last. Can he bring back the woman he loves and expose the truth before it's too late, or will the past finally catch up with him? From the mountains of India to the futuristic streets of London and Dubai, The Embers of Hope is the thrilling second installment in the Hibernation saga.'
As opposed to most sci-fi novels that create a world so full of bizarre names that simply trying to remember them distracts from the storyline, Nick Jones instead has elected to explore a world of reasonably accessible possibilities based on where we are in our exploration of science today. Could his world be feasible? Likely - and that is what makes this further exploration of Hibernation such a terrifically fascinating read. Nick Jones' skill in writing science fiction is rapidly becoming a hallmark. Grady Harp, December 14
I enjoyed Nathan’s character—he’s reliable and sympathetic. Pining over Jen, he’s trying to figure out how the Histeridae might be able to link him to her. This is a great premise, and although this is serious science fiction, the world Jones has created is still familiar and interesting. The plot is engaging, the description vivid, and the dialogue is moves the story forward.
If you love conspiracy theories with a dash of romance, with a dark dystopian setting that’s perfect for both adult and young adult readers, this is a great series to check out. However, THE EMBERS OF HOPE words well as a stand alone novel, as well.
Nathan O’Brien is a very relatable character, and the book explains his thought process quite well despite being written in the third-person. At the beginning of the novel, he is pining over the loss of Jennifer Logan, a character who presumably features in the first book. Despite having spent no time with her at this point, it is hard for the reader not to emote along with Nathan as we see him hell-bent on finding some way to bring her back.
Aspects of the novel are complicated, but every page has some manner of intrigue in store for the avid science fiction fan. Author Nick Jones has created a very interesting world, and the mysterious artifact at the center of this novel—the Histeridae—is given a decent amount of background that is alluded to from the very first pages of the prologue.
This is a fantastic book not only for science fiction fans, but for fans of reading in general. Despite the complexity of the plot and the intrigue of the story, Jones has put together a very easy read. Fans of the genre will find themselves breezing through the pages, occasionally flipping back to re-read a particularly well-written passage. I will definitely be checking out the first book in the series, and I look forward to seeing a third.