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Winter World

(The Long Winter #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  19,748 ratings  ·  1,180 reviews
Longlisted for the 2019 Wilbur Smith Award for best published novel.

In the near future, a new ice age has begun.

Humanity stands on the brink of extinction.

Desperate for answers, scientists send probes into the solar system to take readings. Near Mars, a probe spots a mysterious object drifting toward the Sun. Is it the cause of the ice age? Or could it be our only hope
Published February 26th 2019 by Recorded Books, Inc.
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Christa Maurice
Written like a screenplay, all talking heads with no chemistry between the characters. I'm not going to believe that the two main characters are falling in love just because the author tells me they are. The male MC is a total Mary Sue too. He received his doctorate in biochem on the same day as he got one in medicine. He can analyze people better than a psychiatrist. His only flaw is that he thinks people are better than they are.

I suppose he leaps tall buildings and travels faster than a speed
Rhys Lucia
Apr 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very meh. It felt like an attempt to cross Enders Game with the Martian, but it fell flat. I honestly can't even remember anyone's names from the novel only a few weeks past reading it. The two main characters are a male who is a super genius, and ends up being a great leader, statistician, public speaker, and overall a Mary Sue coupled with a female who is an astronaut and crew leader but ends up being nothing more than a love interest following the male around. How great it could have been if ...more
Mar 02, 2019 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I'm aware I'm odd woman out...I don't want to be! I want to be in the group of A.G. Riddle lovers!
It's not Riddle, it's me, and that's obvious by the author's hordes of fans.

My first A.G. Riddle so I have no connection to Riddle, no fond memories of previous books, and am out of my lane. As many sci-fi movies that I watch, one would think I'd like sci-fi books, but not so. I've read several sci-fi novels this year that were all highly recommended, award-winners, but nothing notable. I usually su
Not an enjoyable read, and quite poorly written. I felt like I was forcing myself to finish the latter third of the book just so I could move on to reading something else as quickly as possible. I doubt any other book includes the word “drone” quite as many times as this one either.

The book is presented through two main characters, a Male know it all with apparently no flaws, and a female astronaut. I agree with many of the other reviews on here, the female lead turned from a strong interesting
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Even though I can’t understand how this book has such a high average rating, I have to acknowledge that and recognise that different books appeal to different readers.
The problem for me is not the genre.
But if you are analytical by nature and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by mystery and detective books, you will find Winter World so full of holes that the biggest challenge will be to finish the book.
Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
In a startling about face it looks like I am the odd one out for actually liking this book (even though it rated quite highly). After our months of fires, heatwaves and years of drought I found this story, set in the very near future, about the earth facing a sudden ice age and thought it would make a nice change. I really didn’t know what to expect and found myself fully immersed in - ta da, science fiction. This is not a genre I read widely and certainly not lately. Which might explain why I e ...more
I knew I'd love this and I did. A compelling apocalyptic tale, set half on a freezing Earth and the other half in space on the trail of mysterious alien artefacts. Perfect premise, although occasionally a little confused during the moments of extreme action. There will be a book 2, I believe, but Winter World ends completely satisfactorily. 4-4.5 stars. Review to follow on For Winter Nights. ...more
Michael Paul
Dual first person telling not showing.

5 stars for imagination.
1 star for style.
Reads like a high school kid wrote it. There are two protagonists and the writing annoyingly shifts between their first person narrative. Their voices are very similar. The grammar is mostly okay, but the style is atrocious. There are many four word sentences and the dialogue lacks nuance and depth. Perhaps Riddle’s worst work.
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a good book, but it didn't stay with me. When I'd first finished it I was planning to grab the next one, but it faded quickly.

The world is not just cooling, it's freezing and soon we'll all be...well, kaput. Humanity will be gone, a thing of the past, no longer viable, dead, cold meat, frozen cold cuts. Then (of course) the said humans discover that for some reason while the sun's output hasn't diminished for some reason the heat reaching the Earth is "substandard", wayyyyy toooo substan
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
I really enjoyed this one. It has the making of a Hollywood blockbuster. I kept seeing the movie in my mind as I was listening to the audiobook!

It follows two astronauts, Emma and James as they attempt to save the world and discover what is bringing about a new ice-age.

Winter World
I thought it was great, lots of action, adventure, and romance… Ok so I didn’t like the romance so much. I thought it was extremely corny. But overall it was a great book!

It was non-stop something happening. I enjoyed
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
So, I’m a self-professed fan of post-apocalyptic lit, but I prefer it without zombies, monsters or “nerdy” elements that make me feel like an outsider. I was surprised, then, to find that I actually LOVED this book, in spite of the sometimes lengthy intellectual passages that explicated aspects of astronomy and space travel. What impressed me most was the character development. Author A.G. Riddle has breathed life into a variety of personas, each unique, interesting and, most importantly, believ ...more
This wasn’t a roller coaster for me. It was a cliff dive.

What started as a strong 4 storyline with a bit of not unexpected caricature and cliche writing devolved and then plunged into unremitting male ego stoking, a wildly non-credible nominal female co-lead character who was nothing but weepy cotton batting and self-deprecation (a NASA astronaut commander??) who existed only as a prop for the expert-in-everything glorified good-guy bad-boy male lead, and a thinly supported space drama plot.

[Audiobook] Another one of those books that start out quite promising and end in a big fat disappointment. I was looking forward to a SciFi novel but what I got was some mushy lovestory in space. Definitely NOT what I'd been expecting! The last few chapters were almost painful to read (or listen to). Especially when Emma and James started talking to the "harvester". (view spoiler) ...more
A smorgasbord of summer blockbuster movies.
Independence Day, Armageddon, The Day After Tomorrow, Oblivion, with a splash of Star Trek Borg.
Not for the hardcore sci fi fans. The plot took to long to unravel, the characters lacked a soul, and the romance was awkward. This was a fast paced easy read. Because of that i gave it a reluctant 4 stars.
Downloading mankind's consciousness to the intergalactic cloud. Hmmm.
How could you not know Oscar was Star Trek's Data? 3 1/2 stars.

Update July 31

I drop
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a really poor book. There is no depth to the plot, and no tension between the characters. Everyone is perfectly reasonable and of course very clever with the hero being a "genius". The "love" story is not credible, you get no sense of the 2 characters having joy in each other. The hero falls in love with her practically from her photo alone (yawn) which exudes a special "energy" (yawn yawn). Throughout the book in fact, the point of Emma was hard to fathom. She added nothing to the story ...more
Allison Rude
Sep 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve never seen so many high school level similes and metaphors in one book.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tend to gravitate toward certain genres during certain seasons. Spring, for example, is a time of hope, and so it requires the hope-filled literature of science fiction. Finding good science fiction, though, isn't easy. That's because good science fiction builds believable worlds and creates characters we care about while also blowing our minds with science and technology that's almost indistinguishable from magic. Talk about a tall order!

Winter World is good science fiction. I raced through i
DNF at 33%

Just couldn't get into this one. I didn't care about the characters and their mission.
Not for me.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sci fi thriller with a frozen Earth and invaders from Space

James Sinclair is a medical doctor and a bioengineer specializing in robotics. He is a one-of-a-kind genius who also happens to be in Federal prison for the rest of his life.

Emma Matthews is a geneticist and a crew commander of the International Space Station.

Both become valuable contributors on a dangerous mission to find out what's blocking the Sun and throwing Earth into the next Ice Age.

I was surprised by this book. I guess I didn't
Review for the whole series.

This was my first Riddle experience, after hearing about his works for a long time. Nothing spectacular... but nothing particularly horrific either. I try to not judge books based on the highest peaks of the genre they belong to. I judge them on what they claim to be and how effectively and cleanly they achieve whatever they aim for. I gave this series 3 stars all throughout because I think that's what it deserves. It's nothing deep, nothing world-changing, nothing s
Kim Kaso
In our current situation (C-19 & hunkering down at home) I am more careful about what I read, as my mood can darken more easily, especially while I recover from surgery. Dystopian novels can be a challenge, as can be books involving disease & pandemics. I am choosing to read reliable authors for comfort & mood improvement along with the books that are more challenging to my emotional health. I was leery of this book, but fell into reading it after I read the back cover & found myself 50 pages in ...more
Kady Monroe
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this audiobook, it was gripping and entertaining. When I started listening, I didn't know it was part one of two books. Unfortunately, at the time of writing this review, the second audiobook has not been released for sale, otherwise I would have instantly added it to my library. I can't wait to find out what happens to the world and the characters in the future.
I felt both narrators did a fantastic job on both the text and production.
Well worth a listen.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, science-fiction
2.5 stars?

This was fine, but nothing more. I won't pick up the sequel.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This book was very entertaining. From the first page, it's impossible to put down. The author knows how to finish a chapter because you always need to know what happens on the next one. ...more
Karen Brooks
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed A.G. Riddle’s Pandemic series, I couldn’t wait to read his latest, Winter World. Not only do I love the visceral thrill of eschatological narratives and their exploration of geo-political machinations as well as emotional and psychological trauma and challenges of facing the end of the world as we know it and how people react, but the notion of the earth becoming a winter wasteland (and the reasons behind this) were fascinating to me - very Day After Tomorrow-e ...more
This book starts with an interesting concept – the world is cooling instead of warming.

Ok, so I don’t really get nitpicky about books and try to enjoy them for what they are – merely entertainment. But there was just something about this one that bothered me. I can’t really put a finger on it and maybe I didn’t fully understand things but there were too many holes and seemingly-missing-storylines. For one, the relationship between the two main characters was weird, rushed, and just convenient. A
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads
I’ll admit, the reason I decided to try my first A.G. Riddle book (The Atlantis Gene) was because I was born in the RDU area and wanted to back up a fellow North Carolinian. However, the reason I read my second, third, fourth etc.. A.G. Riddle book was because I was just hooked. He always reels you in immediately. His characters are incredibly likable and you feel a kinship to them by chapter 3, you just want them to win!
This book is no different. I loved the characters but I also loved the plo
Jerry Mount
I've really liked all of Mr. Riddle's other books, but this one fell short for me. The premise of the book was quite good, but the execution was a bit weak. The book is named The Long Winter, but the actual "winter apocalypse" and eradication of most of mankind is not well covered at all. It is used mostly for set up to a space combat story. Sort of a mash-up of the movies Armageddon, Independence Day, and the Day After Tomorrow. Most of the book is spent on the male protagonist, who is made out ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good sci fi

I chose this rating due to I felt that it dragged a lot more than I prefer. The premise was intriguing and the main character was brilliant to a point. I may read Book 2 in the series.
Jack Swanzy
another ice age, another war to save humankind. a page turner, well written.
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A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting internet companies before retiring to pursue his true passion: writing fiction.

His debut novel, The Atlantis Gene, is the first book in The Origin Mystery, the trilogy that has sold a million copies in the US, is being translated into 19 languages, and is in development at CBS Films to be a major motion picture. The trilogy will be in bookstores (in hardcover a

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