Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Solar War (The Long Winter Trilogy Book 2)” as Want to Read:
The Solar War (The Long Winter Trilogy Book 2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Solar War

(The Long Winter #2)

by
4.32  ·  Rating details ·  2,912 ratings  ·  172 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 con
...more
Kindle Edition, 470 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Legion Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Solar War, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Solar War

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.32  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,912 ratings  ·  172 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Solar War (The Long Winter Trilogy Book 2)
Kate
Jul 26, 2019 added it  ·  review of another edition
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%.
Johnny LeBon
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
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!
Aristotle
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,
...more
Greg
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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!
Karl Donovan
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
...more
Bryan M
Jul 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
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
...more
Ben McBride
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Series so far! How did I not know about this author?
Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
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
Theresa
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Kelly
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 bo
...more
Robin
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I enjoyed the first one enough to buy the second one. I thought it was a tw0-book series. It is NOT. This book in no way moved the plot forward until the very, very end. I would not have bought it if I had known the series was not complete. Thumbs DOWN.
Aiyana PZ
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Doug
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment

***spoilers***

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
...more
Ruth Jones
Disappointing.
Marika Charalambous
Another great book in The Long Winter series. Not sure which I like better from the two, but I can't wait for book 3, which should come out in just 2 months.
Erin
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not nearly as good as the 1st book

The sci-fi parts are good but the majority of the book dwells on the survivor's feelings and pointless minutiae about every little detail involved in their daily life
Tom Allred
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Disappointing

I’ve read several of Mr. Riddle’s books, including the first book in this trilogy, and found them very enjoyable. This book falls short of his previous work. At least 100 pages, if not more, of the first 300 pages was useless filler that strung out the story without enhancing it. It was boring and plodding. Hopefully the next book in the series will return to showcasing his considerable talents.
Mike
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading
Can't wait til Nov. 12 for "The Lost Colony"!
Mari (Smut Duchess)
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 ⭐

I've been looking forward to reading this book and I loved it. The war against the grid didn't go as I'd hoped. Still it was exciting. I'd thought this would be a 2 book series but it suddenly turned into a trilogy. Now I have to wait until November for a novella to wrap things up. That's disappointing.

I also wish the audio would have been available on release day. I listened to the first book and would've preferred listening to the this book.
norters
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Tony Bezilla
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Oh how Emma drones on...

I'm normally a fan of Gerry's work however, this book just seems to tire of itself. Emma seems to say essentially the same thing over and over and over throughout the book. 80% of her words civet the same territory, same theme, uttered slightly differently each chapter. As for the story itself, it gets a bit sloppy and requires the reader to accept that the entirety of the remaining human population are utter morons save for our star, James. As if James doesn't think
...more
Said AlMaskery
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Much better than the first series ...
Wendy
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With billions of people dead during the “Long Winter” the survivors have fled to habitable regions and still reside in the camps after the cold and snow has broken its grip. In Camp Seven Emma Matthews and James Sinclair have a new daughter Allie, but as “The Solar War” opens he realizes his family is in jeopardy as the “grid” has returned.

The story quickly heats up when two asteroids from the Kuiper Belt large enough to trigger an extinction event are headed to Earth and NASA sends drones to a
...more
Mike Nemeth
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back when I was a weird kid, as opposed to a weird man, I picked up Robert Heinlein's "The Past Through Tomorrow." It's an anthology of future history as only the master of science fiction could imagine. Some publisher had broken up the larger stories into their own novels, and that's where I initially started. For whatever reason, I tended to read them during the dark winters in Fairbanks. Mom refused to get the car fixed (for four years), so we hitchhiked. It already felt like I was in some ot ...more
Sharon Shearer
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great storyline that will keep you reading through the long winter

or spring, or summer, or fall. The apocalyptic novels that I have enjoyed reading the most have several important factors. The intense nature of life and death struggles is interspersed width moments of friend or familial intimacy, humor, or even interesting scientific information. These times of respite are needed to unwind my bundled nerves. The Long Winter series abounds with danger, intrigue, and adventure, but also has the
...more
Laura Willis
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
*Spoilers Ahead*

If you loved the first book... you should know this book is very different. It focuses *much* more on feelings and is 90% earth bound. It lost my interest in many points along the way. 3 key complaints:
1. now that Emma is a mom, that's almost her entire role. I'm not sure where the strong woman from the first novel went (maybe she was left in space).
2. And the child constantly making emotional plays got annoying fast. Reading "Da! Don't go!!" tugged at the hear
...more
Joan
This book was off to a slow start. So little occurred between the alternating narrations that I was getting fidgety. Fortunately, about halfway through, the action picked up and ended in a bang-up good tale.

I was set for a third book in this trilogy, but just saw on the author's website that he's planning a novella of about 200 pages to conclude the story. I'm all for compacting a tale that's drawn out too long, but curious, given all he's left himself to work with, why he would choose such an
...more
R. S.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Grid are back!!! We knew they would be, but so are James and Ella. Just as the world is starting to thank that they are safe again... The Grid comes back with a vengeance, crippling the planet. Now the James and Ella must race against the clock to prepare mankind for its greatest leap ever.

Once again... well written by Riddle, this book, just like The Long Winter #1, is fast-paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat guessing till the very end. We also get some excellent narration by Aman
...more
Eric E
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
2,600 followers
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
...more

Other books in the series

The Long Winter (3 books)
  • Winter World (The Long Winter Trilogy, #1)
  • The Lost Colony (The Long Winter Trilogy, #3)
“Repair our lives as best we can—knowing that things will never be the same. Clinging to a life that is gone forever isn’t healthy. Time and action are the only cures for grief.” 0 likes
“birthright is happiness. Our greatest challenge to achieving happiness is not the obstacles we encounter in our life. The true barrier to happiness lies inside of us—and it’s the one thing we can’t ever escape: our own mind.” 0 likes
More quotes…