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The Solar War

(The Long Winter #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  8,836 ratings  ·  427 reviews
We thought the war was over.
We were wrong.

They decimated Earth during the Long Winter.
Now the grid has returned, and they won't stop until the human race is extinct.

On a ruined world, humanity's last survivors fight against impossible odds. In their darkest hour, they discover a new hope for survival. But it comes at an unthinkable price, with consequences that will change
Kindle Edition, 498 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Legion Books
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Jul 26, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
While I loved The Long Winter, the Solar War just didn't do it for me. I've had this before with AG Riddle. I love the first books in his series and then fail to connect with the follow-ups. Abandoned at 44%. ...more
Johnny Le Bon
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I couldn't deal with the stupid genius any more. Nor his wife. It's a shame because I loved the premise, but the two main characters were too much too handle. Thank goodness it was Kindle Unlimited! ...more
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Page turning

Great sequel to Winter World. Survival is once again a battle. Families standing together for one common goal, life. Is the decision they make to go to another planet as earth is dying day by day, the beginning of a new world or the end of our civilization. I'm reading the last book to find out!
Jul 31, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Syfy channel trash

This was so bad that i went back and lowered the rating of book 1 'Winter World' to 3 stars.
The only good thing i can say about this book is that i would read 100 pages in 30 minutes.

After book one 9 million humans survived. Book two the bad guys throw a couple asteroids towards Earth reducing the population to 900 hundred. The bad guys have a message for mankind. Leave Earth or we will destroy the rest of youse guys. The survivors build two ships, with the help from one of the
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
I was honestly hesitant about reading this series because of some of the mixed reviews I've seen for some of Riddle's other stories. I decided to go with it because it has some of my favorite tropes- winter, outer space and apocalyptic disaster. I'm glad I did too or I would have missed out on a good series. There's never a dull moment in this series which is exactly how I like it. ...more
Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
How to review this... I’m enjoying the whole concept of the series as I don’t read much sci-fi and I was getting a bit jaded with my usual stuff and I don’t care about plausibility in sci-fi, you can get away with just about anything and it was all so different, etc etc. BUT, most of the book was just so damn bleak. It was hard to read because of that alone.

The grid is back and one of its agents informs James that humans must leave earth or they will be obliterated. No much if a choice is it? T
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this follow-up to The Long Winter, but I didn't like it as much as The Long Winter because that novel spent the majority of its time in outer space, while this novel spent most of its time on the, once again, slowly freezing Earth. There was a bit of been-there, done-that to this story. Still, the Grid supplied enough surprises to keep me turning pages, and once again I pre-ordered the third and final installment of this thrilling and thought-provoking trilogy. I can't wait! ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalyspse
Totally agree with the other reviewers. The Long Winter was good overall despite a few plot holes but A.G. Riddle flounders badly in this sequel. There's so much to not like in this book - Emma is particularly disappointing, the strong female commander spends most of her time laying in a bunk feeling weak and worrying about her kids. And the scenes with the kids are just so boring - how many times do we need to be told that the children played on their iPads? The science is disappointing too - R ...more
Bryan M
Jul 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a good book, a trend that starts before the book does.

Decimate means to kill/destroy one out of ten. Authors keep using this work without knowing what it means.

You can skip most of the Emma chapters and it only makes the book better.

Main character keeps doing stupid things that are so obviously stupid it just becomes annoying.

The entire premise of the book, the entire source of conflict is laughable. Entirely ridiculous and lazy.
A series of species that have decided to upload themse
Ruth Jones
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: modern-fiction
So disappointing! This book was insanely boring. It now tops my lists of “worst apocalypse books” and “worst a.g. riddle books.” Agree with everyone that said you can skip Emma’s chapters, *yawn.* I gave it 2 stars rather than one because I was compelled enough to know the ending that I was able to semi-power through. I skipped a large chunk in the middle just to see how it ends, which was also dumb. Just go ahead and skip this one altogether.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up. In every sci fi series about space, there’s always that one book where they’re back on Earth and things get intense with the military. That’s this book, and I didn’t love it. Good start, pretty boring middle. While Emma’s chapters felt important in Book 1, she’s entirely irrelevant in this book. And that ending... oof. I’m intrigued, but skeptical. This has the feeling of “about to go off the deep end,” LOST style. I’m still eager to read Book 3 though!
Ben McBride
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommendbyben
Fantastic Series so far! How did I not know about this author?
Karl Donovan
Not exactly a war

For me it was a bit dull (if well written). The main protagonist isn't exactly a genius either and is a bit unlikeable. There is zero humour, excitement, or for that matter, war. Just long dull monologues and secrets I didn't care about (just tell us for crying out loud) with not massive outcomes that certainly didn't build suspense or require the drawn out effort of reading. Got a problem? We got a drone for that! Ridiculous and lazy problem solving throughout. The author is mo
Bob Scheetz
Oct 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The first book of trilogy was "OK". The Solar War turned south in the first chapter and got worse. I finished the last 60% in 20 minutes by just reading the last paragraph of each chapter. And, I could still follow the storyline. The premise that an alien civilization would wipe out nearly all of humanity did not make sense. #1 Why? There is NO logical reason. #2 What an awful story! I don't want to read only about death.

This book could have been condensed by 90% and still have been too long. D
Oct 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
So very bad!
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book just felt like constant anxiety and more and more ridiculous scenarios.
I was a huge AG Riddle fan until reading this.

Skip this one. Seriously, Book 1 is excellent but read a synopsis of this instead of reading it before continuing to Book 3. At least bypass the Emma chapters. This one is a slog, and has gaping plot holes.

Not Recommended
Jack Hopkins
I really want to give this a better review. The concept is excellent and the plot is okay. The characters are all flat and all have plot armor. The main opponent in the book is cartoonish even showing up toward the end to talk about how he will have his “revenge”. No growth or change despite huge changes in circumstances.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
What a disappointment


Flat characters, who was the main earthy nemesis, Clark somebody, who cares, I cannot even remember what happened to him.

Very little war or solar involved, should have called it cave wars, 75% of the book spend in frozen drudgery or underground. Should have cut the first 75% down to only a 1/4th of the book.

Almost no Grid interaction, the Borg of A.G. Riddle's world. They needed so much more interaction than just launching asteroids.

Luckily we then have the las
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this didn't have the pop of the first book - we already know who the villains are - it still was a great story with tons of surprises. I think the real strength of this book is that so many things are unknown. I went through several possibilities when trying to figure out Arthur. None of them were right (so far) but that's what makes a good story for me. It's when I can't figure it out and it makes me think. This story has great characters and an interesting plot so while it isn't amazi ...more
Eric E
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
Started off with a lot of promise and better writing than its predecessor, but languished unnecessarily in the middle. Save for the alien/robot, all of the characters are very flat and boring, particularly the main character James, who never met a problem he couldn't solve instantly, save for a murder mystery subplot (which he solves eventually).

On the subject of mystery, there were too many unnecessarily mysterious subplots - things that were unknown just to keep the reader going and weren't o
Michael Lever
If this is the meat in the sandwich of the trilogy, it's Just as well I'm vegetarian. Because there isn't much here. The protagonists become less credible through the continued over emphasis of only very select elements of their persona (genius and corny omnipotence in particular in the cases of James and Arthur), while the author glosses over physical impossibilities leaving me to invent for myself explanatory mechanisms.

I have to admit I did watch Lost all the way through and think I smell a
Ozana Ozzy
Exciting to the last page.
Alex Shrugged
This book lost a star because the "villains" seemed reasonable, and the "good guys" seemed like elitist mass murderers. It made me think that the author didn't realize how evil his "good guys" appeared despite their good intentions. Is it really OK to kill thousands of people as long as you do so at random and without any ill will?

The story: The aliens are back and they are determined to exterminate the human race... or not. It's all negotiable. The publisher's description of this book is reason
Don Viecelli
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Book Review Number 188:

This review is on The Solar War (The Long Winter Trilogy Book 2) by A.G. Riddle. This is the sixth book I have read by this author. It is a Sci-Fi Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic Suspense Thriller set in the near future where the alien grid returns to finish what it started and end the human species.

The story opens with one of the main characters, Emma, in labor with her first child. The incredible story here is that there are any humans left on Earth to have children. Emma
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Solar War, the second book in A.G. Riddle's The Long Winter Trilogy, continues the riveting tale of earth under attack by the ancient, extra-terrestrial "Grid." In the first book, scientists on earth and astronauts in space struggled together to save as much of the earth's population as possible from the Grid's harvesting of the energy from our sun, which was bringing the earth into an Ice Age. The two main characters, James and Emma, fell in love during this long winter as they worked hand ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
**Minor spoiler alert.** I was so looking forward to Book 2, Riddle, but you lost me when Chandler showed up in that warehouse. I hate the vile man and hoped we'd heard the last of him in Book 1. He reminded me so much of all the bullies in my life but mostly the thoroughly vile and evil Donald Trump. I just couldn't stomach continuing the book and stopped reading at this point. And so, I say a sad goodbye to James, Emma, Alie, unborn baby No. 2, Oscar, Harry, Fowler, Charlotte, Min, et al. I ca ...more
Christine Bishop
A good addition to the story!

The Solar War is the second book in AG Riddle’s The Long Winter Trilogy. James and Emma have defeated the Harvester and returned to Earth victorious, but their victory is short lived because as Art promised another Harvester has returned. AG Riddle has added some new characters, new technologies, and lots of suspense. Great job on Solar War and I can’t wait to start reading The Lost Colony!
Dean Macholl
Not too shabby.

A pretty good continuation of the story. Less scifi and more fighting amongst humans than I was hoping for. Same good characters, but like the first book it wasn't the page turner I've come to expect from Riddle. I would still recommend this to any fan. Excited to read the conclusion.
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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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