Sci-Fi November: Review: Orbs by Nicholas Sansbury Smith


About Orbs

The first thrilling story of horror, adventure, and survival during the alien invasion in Nicholas Sansbury Smith's bestselling Orbs series has been completely remastered and re-edited since its original publication and now features a sneak peak at Orbs II!

At the end of the world, who will survive?

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, Winton'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.

About the Author

Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the author of several post-apocalyptic books and short stories. He worked for the State of Iowa for nearly 10 years before switching careers to focus on his one true passion--writing. When he isn't daydreaming about the apocalypse he's likely racing in triathlons around the Midwest. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his family and several rescued animals.If you'd like to hear more about Nick's books, you can join his spam free mailing list here:

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My Thoughts

(I received a copy of this novel for review from the publisher via NetGalley.)

I'm a bit of a sucker for novels like Nicholas Sansbury Smith's Orbs. It's got some cool speculative science, action, monsters, and a team comprised of military and scientists struggling to survive against impossible odds while finding themselves way out of their environment.

In Orbs, the setting is near-future Earth, in the year 2061. The US is recovering from the devastating solar storms of 2055, which left much of the midwest a radioactive wasteland. A plan is in place to evacuate to Mars before our little blue dot becomes completely uninhabitable. A team of scientific researchers are gathered to test a biosphere, tucked away in a Cheyenne Mountain base.

Of course, it's not long before things go terribly wrong and the researchers have to scrub their mission and reopen the doors to the outside world. What they find is a desolate world in the midst of an alien invasion that is sucking up the Earth's water content. The lakes, oceans, and rivers are sucked dry, and blue orbs dot the landscape, along with some very strange, very foreign creatures.

Orbs is a fast-paced read that gets by on pure enjoyment and seat-of-your pants thrills. The characterizations are a little bit thin, but the premise is top-notch and exciting. I had a hard time putting this particular read down, and found myself eagerly tapping away at my Kindle's screen so I could find out what would happen next.

This book hit a particular sweet spot for me, blending together the spirits of Michael Crichton and James Rollins by way of the alien invasion video-game X-COM. Orbs is truly fun romp and well-worth the read. Now, onto Orbs II: Stranded!

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Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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