Advanced humans, called Terrans, leave Earth when its threatened by a massive meteor. The remaining humans on Earth fall back into primitiveness. The advanced humans, and a group of aliens, the Ragnor, involve Earth in an interstellar war. Thousands of years later, the humans of Earth decide to do something about this. Interstellar politics will never be the same again oncAdvanced humans, called Terrans, leave Earth when its threatened by a massive meteor. The remaining humans on Earth fall back into primitiveness. The advanced humans, and a group of aliens, the Ragnor, involve Earth in an interstellar war. Thousands of years later, the humans of Earth decide to do something about this. Interstellar politics will never be the same again once Earth is done with their revenge.These Terrans involve themselves throughout human history. Some play as King Arthur and Merlin. Another is a scientist, whose name is Galileo, and he gets into all sorts of trouble for challenging official orthodoxy about the sun, the Earth, and which one is revolving around the other. Then, we have Amelia Earhart, who has a very valid reason for disappearing. When an alien spaceship gets shot down over Roswell in 1947, President Truman orders the creation of Area 51, Project Blue Book and Sign, and has the United States embark on a plan that will culminate 60 years in the future. Nothing will ever be the same again when the United States gets involved in interstellar politics. But, the whole plan backfires when Earth ends up the worse for wear over it. Other species find out what Earth did, since no one else was bold enough to even try, so they want to help bring down the Ragnor once and for all. The new President of the United States imagines a galactic federation or a republic, but, none of the other species wants anything to do with it. Once they destroy the Ragnor’s technology, they leave the Ragnor to ponder why all the other species hated them enough to attack them. Will the galaxy remain at peace?...
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Shattered Earth Reviews
Just finished this book. It was not at all what I thought it would be. The story line was was so imaginatively written, very interesting. I haven't read a sci-fi, fantasy book written in such a way to be so interesting. I really liked it. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but it is obvious that a lot of thought went into the writing of this book. The story line and the history aspect of the story kept me involved in the story from the beginning and had some really fun and interesting twists. I really enjoyed this book and hope to read more from Mr. Ball.
Shattered Earth is described as being alternate history science fiction, but in the end, the book doesn't do justice to the description. It doesn't really have science, not enough fiction, and it doesn't really conform with the traditional sense of alternative history.The book starts from far past (or even further past, depending on whether you believe the timeline in the book or map the events into real history) and travels through time and space, but leaves very little trace about itself. It jumps through the ages with single sentences ("Over three and a half millennia later") but the reader is so out of touch with the vague storyline that nothing seems to change.Partly because of the jumps in timeline, you won't identify with any of the characters. That doesn't mean there are none, it's just that you won't recognize them. The names and species change, but everyone seems to speak the same contemporary English, with no references to either alien, future or historical vocabulary; the one guy speaking Ye Olde English for about two sentences is a glaring exception.The structure of story-telling seems a bit lazy. Events are told in condensed format, using vague terms, which leaves the reader with nothing to get interested in. Characters, on the other hand, often have explanatory monologues that remind of a bad soap opera: the characters don't really act but instead describe actions while talking to each other. Book is filled with major events, but characters show very little emotion or reaction.The overall impression is that the writer has had several decent ideas, but instead of focusing on one he ends up using them all in one book. Picking one idea - for example, the alternate history part - and focusing and expanding on that might have yielded better results. Now, the execution just falls flat.
This is a great idea for a story. And that's where the good part ends.I want to be nice, usually, and say positive things about self published work. But this, this is practically unreadable. To be honest, I could only read the first couple of chapters and I scanned the rest before giving up.
I received this book for free from the goodreads first reads program.More than a third of this book (over 100 pages) was a history lesson. While mildly interesting, I already knew the history discussed and felt it didn't bring anything to the novel. I was irritated that the author used so much filler, could he really find no more material to fill his story? I feel that the author could have achieved his goal of tying earth's history to the story in a much more concise manner.I found some of the suppositions in the novel to be unsupported and unsatisfactorily explained. The basic idea had potential, but the story felt contrived. I was particularly annoyed with the use of real life characters who had bad names - President Brad O'Bana really? I found the random coincidence that I had just read Robin Cook's Abduction before reading this mildly amusing. Both had the underlying premise that technologically-advanced humans had existed on earth prior to our current inhabitance and both used extreme methods to avoid extermination by an asteroid thereby leaving the earth to become repopulated with our modern precursors (Neanderthals). Although neither author explained why their is no fossil record or artifacts from this previous human civilization I felt that Robin Cook's novel was more entertaining (if you overlook the unsubstantiated premise). I did find it mildly amusing that Gene Rodenberry is an alien and his depiction of Star Trek is based on actual alien species from the universe. So for the mildly amusing details and fast-pace despite the history lesson I give this novel 2 stars instead of one.
I found this book "ok." I like history and live on the History Channel, so the fact that the first 60% of the book was an alt-history lesson was okay.But kind of turned me off was the characters didn't seem to have any emotion, didn't seem real. For example, 99% of the people of Earth get killed and the survivors don't seem to have any remorse, no survivors guilt, no depression, nothing. "Oh we'll get that bad guys..." anger, but come on. Everyone on the planet gets killed and it would have a HUGE emotional impact. Also the characters seemed one dimensional, didn't seem to have any depth.The plot was interesting and I thought kind of cool though...
Well the book was filled with interesting facts about the space race, but that was all the first 3/4 of the book was; facts. There was no dialogue and basically no story until the end of the book. While the facts and speculations were interesting enough, i can read a history book for that.
Science Fiction and Alternate History combined. This is an interesting read, but really an old story line. Plucky Earthlings overcome great odds and win the day. Yeah, read that a few times before.