Apocalypse Orphan: The Fractured Earth Saga, #1 by Tim Allen

Apocalypse Orphan: The Fractured Earth Saga, #1

byTim Allen

Kobo ebook | January 29, 2016

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Commander Orlando Iron Wolf is aboard the International Space Station when a blinking light on his computer console alerts him to a fast moving comet headed for a collision with planet Earth.

With no way to stop the impending doomsday, the world descends into panic and anarchy. Massive transport ships are built to colonize the moon, and evacuation of a chosen few begins.

After a shuttle mission to study the approaching comet goes awry, Wolf is forced into cryogenic deep sleep, and the onboard computer assumes control of the ship.

Wolf awakens 50,000 years later to a wildly different earth. Endowed with incredible strength, he finds himself caught in a war between primitive tribes, and his survival depends on Syn, an advanced computer intelligence who has fallen in love with him.

Will Wolf be able to help restore Earth to its past glory or is civilization doomed to fail?

Title:Apocalypse Orphan: The Fractured Earth Saga, #1Format:Kobo ebookPublished:January 29, 2016Publisher:Spectrum Ink BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:198823607X

ISBN - 13:9781988236070

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good This was an interesting book to read. One of things I love about good science fiction is when the science makes sense. A good example of this in Apocalypse Orphan is that a lower Earth gravity would impact the human body. While I haven’t done a lot of research into this field, I do understand why the humans of 50,000 years into the future were much shorter and weighed much less. The author did an excellent job explaining what was happening on Earth during the two years between the comet’s discovery and the impact. He described what could very likely happen in real life (should such an event ever occur), with countries working together to save a small portion of humanity, but also countries and terrorists fighting against each other for the little resources that remain. Humanity had basically dissolved into utter anarchy by the end of the two years. Commander Orlando Iron Wolf kind of fell short for me. He’s a likable enough character, but someone nicknamed him Captain America in the first chapter and I kept thinking about how apt a nickname that was for him. He is 6’5”, very much in shape and very intelligent, had been in the Air Force and was an astronaut for NASA, and eventually becomes a man out of time. I found that I grew somewhat bored of his character and was much more invested into what was happening around him rather than to him. I did think that it was very refreshing to have a Native main character, however. You can easily tell how much he values that side of him and I absolutely respect that. One of my biggest problems with this character is that I don’t believe that he’d ever be chosen to be an astronaut. Orlando is a master of linguistics, which I think coupled with his heritage would be enough to get him onto one of the colonies escaping Earth before its destruction, but instead he is an astronaut with no science knowledge whatsoever. I just find it extremely hard to believe that NASA would ever send someone like Orlando into space. Another issue I had was that he was… too perfect. He’s an extremely selfless person that uses his new powers for good. It could be just me, but I prefer a main character with some flaws. Flaws mean that the character can grow and develop into a better character. The premise of the book really reminded me of the Safehold series by David Weber. Orlando and Merlin were both survivors of the human race that eventually returned to a human race that had regressed to the Iron Age, bringing advanced technology with them to steer the future of humanity. That plot alone is really good, but I feel like Apocalypse Orphan falls a little short. You won’t be able to convince me that humanity would still be in the Iron Age after 50,000 years, even if civilization had to restart from scratch. I’m sure there may be some very good reasons why technology hasn’t advanced as much as it should have, but 50,000 years is a very long time. 5,000 would be a bit more believable. I also could not get behind the idea that Orlando had become a superhuman during his 50,000 years exposed to the comet’s radiation. I would understand increased strength due to his body being used to the stronger Earth gravity, but apparently the radiation caused his skin to become unbreakable (think Marvel’s Luke Cage here) and his rib cage to meld together to form a shield over his chest. He also appears to be unable to drown, which I found odd because his body should still require oxygen. Orlando’s ship AI, Syn, kind of creeped me out to be perfectly honest. ‘She’ did all of the things that a good AI should be doing, but she had developed feelings for Orlando during their 50,000 years in space. While Orlando was in suspended animation, Syn was quite active and was reading/showing videos to him the entire time. I do understand that Syn is based on the mind of the doctor that created her and that this doctor had a crush on Orlando, but I did find it a little odd that these feelings transitioned to the AI. What was even more odd to me was when Orlando suddenly said “I love you” to her in the first half of the book. I don’t think Orlando would have been with her long enough to develop those feelings for her along with the fact that she is not a human. Overall, Apocalypse Orphan had some good elements to it. I loved reading the descriptions of the events transpiring on Earth and afterwards, but was not a big fan of the characters. A lot of the science felt real and that is very important to me when I’m reading science fiction. I’d recommend checking this book out if you’re caught up on the Safehold series and looking for something new and similar.
Date published: 2017-01-27