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3.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 5 3.64 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christian Cantrell Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Children of Occam Series Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781452673554
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As Earth's ability to support human life begins to diminish at an alarming rate, the Global Space Agency is formed with a single mandate: protect humanity from extinction by colonizing the solar system as quickly as possible. Venus, being almost the same mass as Earth, is chosen over Mars as humanity's first permanent steppingstone into the universe. Arik Ockley is part of the first generation to be born and raised off-Earth. After a puzzling accident, Arik wakes up to find that his wife is almost three months pregnant. Since the colony's environmental systems cannot safely support any increases in population, Arik immediately resumes his work on AP, or artificial photosynthesis, in order to save the life of his unborn child. Arik's new and frantic research uncovers startling truths about the planet and about the distorted reality the founders of the colony have constructed for Arik's entire generation. Everything Arik has ever known is called into question, and he must figure out the right path for himself, his wife, and his unborn daughter. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/9/2014

    " You will probably not like this unless you are a nerd. There is a lot of techinical talk in here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulo VR | 2/2/2014

    " A little bit predictable and overdetailed on technical aspects. You can definetely feel his CS background. Neverthless a very interesting and fun book to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandru | 1/30/2014

    " Best sci-fi I've read in a while. Very realistically described, full of technical details. Way too short. I mean the whole scene practically begs for the continuation of the story. The whole reason behind the deception (it is still unclear to me) and other things in the book require a sequel as I hope is under way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 1/29/2014

    " I never could get past the premise of a human colony on Venus. If you're going to write something so impossible, you have to just do it and not try to explain it. Cantrell constantly slows the story down by giving long technological explanations. Unfortunately there's no help for the awkward plotting and unbelievability of this story. I gave it two stars instead of one because I didn't see the plot twist coming. Sadly, too little, too late. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Joy | 1/17/2014

    " This book is another in my run of reading post-apocalyptic books. I enjoyed the writing style, the premise, the inventive science, and the way he wrapped all the solutions to Earth's real life impending doom from the environmental we are on in a nice package and tied it up in a bow. Many reviews said that people were shocked by the twist(s) at the end. Well, really, I wasn't shocked by any of the various twists - possibly because they held together so well with the tight framework of the story. In the end, I enjoyed the story and hated how it had to end. Now, can we please get to work on the solutions to global warming, energy crises and manufacturing inefficiencies that the book puts forth? Too bad those were complete fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mario | 1/16/2014

    " i gave this book 4 stars because it really was a great read and i only paid 99cents for it on kindle. its no enders game but it definitely is as much fun to read as most of Asimovs stuff. i'll read a couple more of his books when ii need light summer sifi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/13/2014

    " Containment occasionally gets bogged down in over-describing processes, technology, etc. But it's a pretty good hard-science page-turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Wadehra | 12/14/2013

    " The science was great but the story was just ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Riedisser | 11/11/2013

    " interesting and once into the book it begins to become familiar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Temme | 10/16/2013

    " Nice, fairly short SF. Kind of reminded me of Moon "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wayne | 10/10/2013

    " I like it a lot! Don't know what I can say that won't give away that aha moment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Gibbs | 8/19/2013

    " This is the best science fiction book I've read in many years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harim | 5/3/2013

    " Would have been a decent book if the author didn't feel the need to go into great detail about how every single piece of machinery worked. god. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 10/11/2012

    " The book seems to start slow, a bit like reading science theory at times, but interesting, and then it changes. The pace picks up as the story deepens, and the ending was as wonderful as anything I've read in years. It is a story I won't forget, and an author I'll follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stanley Townsend | 6/15/2012

    " Well worth the read. Smart book will keep you thinking through the twists and turns. The ending was a bit abrupt or this might have been 5-stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Brown | 3/23/2012

    " This was a good SF book wrapped around a good mystery story. I can't say too much without spoilers but I can say that I was very surprised at the way things unfolded. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbro | 2/26/2012

    " Da F***. This book really surprised me. Several times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine V. Peterson | 2/3/2012

    " Interesting technical ideas. Wish there was a bit more development regarding character relationships.. And it ended a bit abruptly for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 12/16/2011

    " Previous reviews pretty much say it all - too much technical detail, lack of character and relationship development, but an interesting story with a good twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steff | 11/27/2011

    " A lot of reviews say this book is too technical but I disagree. I felt like the technical aspects really improved the book. The main character is suppose to be a genius, and the paragraphs with scientific thought really made me feel like he was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geoff | 10/27/2011

    " Totally decent sci-fi, but you have to get more than half way through before the story actually kicks in. Would have been much better as a short story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spencer Price | 10/9/2011

    " Very intriguing how elaborate the main character's imaginary Venus lifestyle is portrayed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma Brown | 8/26/2011

    " This book didn't get interesting until half way through. I started to abandon it many times but continued on. Way more explanations in the beginning than I cared about, and I still think it could have done without. I liked the surprising ending though, although there were questions remaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 6/28/2011

    " This is written by a software nerd, for people who would appreciate his attention to detail and his highly likely view of our technological future.

    I finished this in less than a day on vacation. I really don't need much more out of a book than that. It was entertaining and novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spencer | 6/21/2011

    " Very intriguing how elaborate the main character's imaginary Venus lifestyle is portrayed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 6/13/2011

    " Pretty good. I wanted to know more about what happened at the end though- as soon as everything came together, the story was over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clarence | 6/10/2011

    " An okay read with a great, unexpected twist two thirds of the way through. With a few pages to go, I was wondering how it was going to end; it sort of employed a mild "and they lived happily ever after" device. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 6/10/2011

    " An enthralling book with some great twists and characters. Cantrell does a really great job of creating the isolated and enclosed atmosphere of V1, as well as the increasing sense of menace as the story is slowly revealed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celestial | 5/27/2011

    " excellent environmental sci fi about what could happen in a future time of polluted Earth, its efforts to survive via a Venus space base populated initially by scientists and then thir children the first generation born off world, surprising revelations discovered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 5/25/2011

    " I found it entertaining, but also predictable. Perhaps too, a bit too much technobabble. Also, might have benefited from cutting some extraneous words here and there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wood | 5/25/2011

    " Very well written hard science fiction novel. My favorite kind of book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 5/17/2011

    " This book was good, the concepts were fun, and I liked the ending. There was one inconsistency with the way light behaves when moving through clouds or heavy atmosphere, but if you aren't a photographer (or don't know how it would behave) then it's cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Long | 5/17/2011

    " I like it, but the author tries to a bit too science-sy at times, and skips over lots of impossibilities at others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 5/14/2011

    " Nice, fairly short SF. Kind of reminded me of Moon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CK | 5/13/2011

    " Surprisingly good read. Excellent plot development, strong characters and believable science. Recommended for a fun scifi read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corrie | 5/10/2011

    " I like sci-fi so I enjoyed the book. I gave it 2 stars because I felt the author spent too much time on describing technology instead of the story line. The story was great, but I was bored with the technical descriptions. "

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About the Author
Author Christian CantrellChristian Cantrell is a software developer from Northern Virginia. He writes the technology blog LivingDigitally.net and takes photographs for microkosmic.com. Cantrell is the author of several self-published short stories, including “Brainbox” and “Farmer One.” His first novel, Containment, was published by 47North and he is currently working on the sequel.
About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.