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The Age Atomic (Empire State #2)

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The sequel to Empire State – the superhero-noir fantasy thriller set in the other New York.

The Empire State is dying. The Fissure connecting the pocket universe to New York has vanished, plunging the city into a deep freeze and the populace are demanding a return to Prohibition and rationing as energy supplies dwindle.

Meanwhile, in 1954 New York, the political dynamic has
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Published March 26th 2013 by Angry Robot (first published January 1st 2013)
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The Empire State is dying due to the fissure connecting this reality to New York disappearing. The populace is in a panic, demanding the return of prohibition and rationing of energy. Meanwhile in 1954 New York there has been a dynamic political change. A new group called Atoms for Peace are preparing a robot army for a trans-dimensional invasion. Their goal: total conquest – or destruction – of the Empire State.

Private Investigator Rad Bradley is back in the sequel to Empire State. This time th
Mar 14, 2013 Brandon rated it really liked it
Following the events of Empire State, all seemed to be well in both New York and it’s counterpart, The Empire State. However, when we pick things up in The Age Atomic, the fissure is missing and The Empire State is suffering. Plunged into a deep freeze, the citizens struggle to get through each day with what little they have. To make matters worse, the returning Rad Bradley and newcomer Special Agent Jennifer Jones, uncover an underground movement regarding the creation of a robot army.

Things in
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“A wonderful novel, The Age Atomic proves that Adam Christopher can write sequels just as well as anyone. The most fun read of 2013 so far, and one of the best.” ~The Founding Fields

I loved Adam Christopher’s first novel, Empire State, when I first read it back in 2011. It would have made it high on my best of 2011 list as well, but for the fact that Seven Wonders was better. Needless to say, The Age Atomic was one of my most a
The sci-fi pulp feel of THE AGE ATOMIC along with the engaging and unique characters make this a really fun book to read. While different to THE EMPIRE STATE, THE AGE ATOMIC continues some of the themes prevalent throughout its predecessor while maintaining its own identity. I like it when sequels are distinct works in their own right and author Adam Christopher certainly achieves that here.

The impending threat of invasion by a sinister robotic army constructed in the basement of the Atoms For
Wayne McCoy
Feb 26, 2016 Wayne McCoy rated it liked it
'The Age Atomic' by Adam Christopher is book 2 of the Empire State series. Like the last book, it had a cool idea and vibe, and I liked it about as much.

Events in 'The Empire State' left a weird rift, called The Fissure, between the Empire State and New York city. It's now 1954 and a mysterious woman named Evelyn McHale is working for a shadowy new group known as Atoms For Peace. Meanwhile, in Empire State, Rad Bradley has been hired to find a missing man. It's not as straightforward as it seems
May 29, 2013 Abhinav rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013-read
You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:

Shadowhawk reviews the sequel to the excellent 2012 debut Empire State by Adam Christopher.

“Quite simply, this was disappointing in the extreme.” ~The Founding Fields

Reading sequels is often an experience filled with trepidation. They have the ability to annoy, to frustrate, to amaze, to stun beyond expectations. Sometimes they will meet your expectations almost spot on, although that is a rather rar
Ben Babcock
I am so behind on my Angry Robot subscription. It’s bad, guys. I read Empire State 3 years ago, and The Age Atomic came out half a year later. I barely remember the first book—no, that’s a lie; I had entirely forgotten the first book. I remembered exactly none of the characters when Adam Christopher reintroduced them here. But the vague memories that I stir up from reading my review suggest that these two books are fairly disjoint.

If Empire State was a noir mystery built into a pocket universe
Mar 28, 2013 Gef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, scifi
After reading Empire State and walking away with a lukewarm feeling, I was a little hesitant about picking up its sequel, The Age Atomic. The series was so well received by others, and it's a melding of genres I enjoy, I wondered if I just wasn't in the right mood to read something like Empire State. Well, I made sure to wait until I got a hankering for some genre-mashing goodness before picking up The Age Atomic.

The book starts out with Empire State quite literally in the winter of its disconte
Jul 31, 2013 Tom rated it liked it
The Age Atomic
Written by Adam Christopher
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The Age Atomic continues where Empire State left off. Some time has passed since the events of Empire State but the fissure has disappeared from the Empire State. Since the fissure in Battery Park is the source of sustenance to The Empire State, the climate begins to edge toward an ice age as time goes on. While this is happening, Rad Bradley uncovers a plot involving robots. On the other side of the fissure in New York City, a mysteri
Mar 30, 2014 Damian rated it liked it
I really wanted to really like this, I did. I've read a number of Adam Christopher books now and I find some are better than others; Hangwire is the best of the lot so far I think, which would make sense with it being his most recent. I liked Seven Wonders a fair bit too though it had a weak ending.

This though, I just don't really like, it's ok perhaps but that's it. It's tepid, neither truly good nor really repellant. The plot ticks on well enough and there's plenty of action and yet at the sam
Jan 07, 2015 Todd rated it really liked it
While not as good as The Empire State, the Age Atomic is still an excellent read. We return to Rad Bradley and the Empire State about a year after the events of the first book, and there is a lot going on.

First, the Empire State has lost contact with New York, the Fissure connecting the two vanished, leaving the Empire State slowly turning into a block of ice while earthquakes rack the Pocket Universe. Rad Bradley and Jennifer Jones are trying to keep things together while they are falling apart
May 07, 2013 C.S. rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough wonderful things about this series. I love the setting. I love the Science Fiction noir. I like the crossing of genres and how it feels like I am reading a well written pulp novel. I know Christopher will be leaving this world for a little while but if he ever comes back I am waiting to dive in again. My favorite new author.
Jan 15, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: suffixpunk
This book was... interesting. I finished it all in one sitting, partially because it was an enjoyable read, partially because I didn't have anything better to be doing at 2 AM. My immediate impression upon finishing is that this book feels like the middle book of a trilogy. I don't know if it's intended to be, although until I randomly saw this on a shelf at the bookstore, I had no idea that Empire State had a sequel. But the ending feels vaguely unsatisfactory, like there's more story to be tol ...more
Josiah Hawkins
Apr 22, 2015 Josiah Hawkins rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
It seems that the empire state can never catch a break. In the first novel they were under the threat of destruction, in Mr. Christopher's sequel to his first book, Empire State, the parallel New York is in trouble once again.

In the second book the fissure connecting New York and the empire state has dissapeared, and this dissapearance has caused the city to go into a deep freeze. This steady decline in temperature will evetually cause everyone to freeze and something needs to be done. Meanwhile
All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 26, 2013 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Adam Christopher created a wholly original world in EMPIRE STATE so I was extremely pleased to get a chance to review THE AGE ATOMIC and I’m happy to say that Christopher doesn’t disappoint.

The second book in his Empire State series takes place in 1954 (a good bit of time after the first), yet in the Empire State only a few months have gone by. Even worse the Empire State has been plunged in to a perpetual winter and Captain Carson – who took over the Empire State at the end of the first book –
Apr 24, 2013 Adam rated it really liked it
Rattles along at a decent lick with threads weaving and knitting together, and occasionally snapping. Rad Bradley is back, and he's still trying to keep the Empire State safe from harm in whatever way he can. He's surrounded by robots, superhumans and shadowy government agencies; in other words he's caught in the middle, again.

Adam Christopher's Empire State universe is a cracking place to be. Bristling with robots, superheroes and mid-twentieth-century tropes. The locations and characters are b
Mar 10, 2013 Marcus rated it it was amazing
The Age Atomic is set a number of years after Empire State, in 1954, but in the Empire State (the first novel is named after the setting), only a few months have passed. In the The Age Atomic, we meet an old friend from the previous novel, Rad Bradley, who has to deal with a rather dire situation: The Empire State is plunged in a perpetual winter, Captain Carson, who took charge of the Empire State at the end of Empire State has gone missing, chaos is spreading and a mysterious figure known as T ...more
Ellie Ann
Apr 14, 2013 Ellie Ann rated it it was amazing
This is fantastic science fiction noir. Adams follows the noir structure strictly, with great results. The story is gritty, mysterious, and engaging. He didn’t add in character arcs like most noirs, but the plot was epic in scope, which is where the science fiction comes in. He blended the genres like a master.

The story follows Rad Bradley and Jennifer Jones as they track down the robot king, each for very different reasons. When they find him they realize that nuclear destruction is imminent, u
David Harris
Jun 01, 2013 David Harris rated it really liked it
I've changed my mind about this book a couple of times reading it, but for me, it came good in the end. It is worth pointing out, though, that it's a bit different from Christopher's Empire State to which it is a sequel.

Like the earlier book, Age Atomic is set in the Empire State, a "pocket universe" that is a twisted copy of 50s New York City, and in New York itself. The hero of Empire State, PI Rad Bradley, returns. He is still living in the back of his shabby office, still walking the mean st
Feb 13, 2013 Chuck rated it really liked it
I got an ARC ebook of The Age Atomic and it's excellent. Best to have read The Empire State first. An intriguing universe has been created by Adam Christopher; it's New York City with a twist, more than a few twists, actually...

The Empire State is the alter ego of a New York City that resembles the one in the '50s or so in our timeline. The Fissure that used to connect the two cities has disappeared, and the Empire State no longer has its energy to keep things going. It's getting very cold.

A rob
Tyrannosaurus regina
Interesting ideas and engaging writing to back them up—I certainly flew through it—but the characterisation fell short for me (which I think is the exact same complaint I had about the first book in the series). I liked the characters well enough, but still don't feel like I know them very well or entirely understand their motivations.
Apr 23, 2014 Daniel rated it liked it
I'm not able to put my finger on it, but there's something about the writing in these Empire State books that I find difficult. I often find myself needing to backtrack a bit to follow what's going on, as if my mind is just wandering a bit while I'm reading it.
Dec 29, 2014 Jc rated it liked it
This book seems to try too hard to be a 1940 hardboiled dective/science fiction piece. I think it's all a matter of taste and it doesn't match mine.
Oct 18, 2015 Ian rated it it was ok
started out looking good, with scenario of frozen NYC, then went to fantasy, and too weird and long for my liking.
Apr 05, 2015 Cookie added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I loved Empire State and was so excited to find this sequel. Too disjointed and confusing to finish. So disappointed.
Heather Jones
Dec 30, 2015 Heather Jones rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers who love SF.
Recommended to Heather by: Found on Adam Christopher's website.
A noir science fiction superhero story. Fascinating, as captivating as a kaleidoscope.
Saint Lart
Feb 04, 2015 Saint Lart rated it liked it
I liked the first one a bit more. But Rad Bradley and Jennifer make a great team.
May 20, 2013 Nick rated it liked it
If you enjoy novels that mash up their genres, smooshing a range of aesthetics together into a weird whole, then Adam Christopher’s The Age Atomic could be for you. At last count, it combines parallel universes, steampunk airships, superheroes, 50s nuclear paranoia and a noirish private dick together into one bizarre soup.

So, to really strain this metaphor to pieces, how tasty is that soup? Is it the same sickly green as the book cover?

Apr 14, 2013 Phil rated it it was amazing
Adam Christopher has grown as a writer, this is the third of his books I read and his prose, ideas and structure goes from strength to strength. The Age Atomic is a perfect sequel to The Empire State, but where as the first story was contained more to one world, here Adam has spread his wings and has brought in more of events from both worlds. The characters have become more rounded, story arcs that seem to be planned to run and run were opened up, promising a healthy future for both the Origin ...more
Michael Underwood
This is Angry Robot’s third novel with Adam Christopher, and his first sequel. Following closely after the end of Empire State, The Age Atomic brings in the world of 50s Atomic SF with references so diverse that I’m sure I missed many of them – taking Christopher’s incarnation of the trope in the novel as the furniture that narrative innovations of the 50s first created.

The Age Atomic is my favorite of Christopher’s works so far – especially due to the characterization throughout.
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Adam Christopher is a novelist and comic writer, and award-winning editor.

The author of MADE TO KILL, volume 1 in The LA Trilogy, Adam is co-writer of THE SHIELD for Dark Circle Comics and author of the official tie-in novels novels based on the hit CBS television show ELEMENTARY.

Born in New Zealand, Adam has lived in Great Britain since 2006.
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