Did our own climate challenge fuel this idea for the book? And where do you see our technology going in the future—to living beyond earth?
Part of what appealed to me about Winter World was writing a novel that explored the major theme of climate change in a nonthreatening way – the story turns the typical perception of the issue on its head. In Winter World, we see a world that’s freezing instead of frying. We know that Earth’s climate has always been in change. Regardless of what you believe the cause is, we know that humans are incredibly vulnerable to climate change. It may be the largest extinction level threat we face. The story is really about this group of scientists that set out to save humanity from climate change and, in doing so, we realize that stopping it at the source is really our only hope. That said, we can never truly control solar output, and we will always be at the mercy of our sun to sustain us and all life on Earth.
I do believe humans will colonize other planets. I expect in this century to see a colony first on the moon and then Mars. How far we will go beyond that, I’m unsure. And I’m also unsure the format will take. It may be some sort of robotic exploration rather than human. The principal issue is the time scale involved with traveling at speeds below the speed of light. But science may have a solution for that as well.
“The world is freezing. The ice is coming for us, and we are all trapped here. If we don’t get out, we’ll die here.”
I chose A. G. Riddle’s novel as the first to place up for the book club because of our own changing climate and his take on the aspect of something beyond our causing the event. Science Fiction reading is not my first go-to, however, I couldn’t put this novel down. By the middle of the novel, you find yourself not only hooked by work is going on with the earth, the threat to the population of the world, and the possible solutions if there are any within our power, but also a deep connection with James as he makes a decision that will change his life…and maybe ours.
JANUARY Science Fiction Winter World (Long Winter) by A. G. Riddle
Kindle Unlimited Trilogy, Book One
FEBRUARY Humorous Romance The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank
MARCH Paranormal/Suspense Black Winter by Darcy Coates (Kindle Unlimited)
Welcome to Words on Words Book Club designed for friends of D. J. Adamson to discuss their latest reads. Once a month, by the 5th, a new book will be offered for discussion. There will be no set genres: mystery, romance, psychological suspense, thriller, paranormal, horror, science fiction, fantasy, literary, fiction and non-fiction. Readers are encouraged to offer their comments on a book at any point. With life as busy as it is, this book club is at your pace. Suggestions for books to be placed on the quarterly schedule are welcome.
Goal: To share books we enjoy reading and to encourage and help others choose another for their book or digital shelf.