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The Girl Who Found the Sun

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  29 reviews
It started with the insects.

The mass die-offs had been a warning unheeded. Before society realized the danger, the Earth had inexorably begun a transformation into a place where life could not survive. A small group found shelter in the Arc, an underground refuge safe from the toxins ravaging the surface.

After centuries of darkness, humanity’s second chance is running
Kindle Edition, 424 pages
Published December 7th 2019 by Division Zero Press
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Andrew “The Weirdling” Glos
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Dave Higgins
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Cox takes the familiar post-apocalyptic tropes of survivors huddling in a bunker, failing technology, dystopian government, and possible conspiracy, and weaves them with nuances of his own to produce a tale that is fresh yet familiar.

As toxins devastated Earth, a few survivors withdrew to the Arc, an underground sanctuary. The computers which stored much of humanity’s knowledge and history failed generations ago, but tales speak of alien invaders poisoning the surface leaving an environment that
Isobel Blackthorn
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This post-apocalyptic sci-fi offering opens in the bowels of the Arc, a failing underground community where electrical engineer Raven Wilder attempts to repair yet more decrepit wiring. It's an essential role and it's never ending. The Arc needs electricity to power the air scrubbers. There's a hydroponic farm processing CO2 to help maintain oxygen levels. Everyone is told no one can go up and outside; conditions are much too toxic with flesh-eating vapours. It's a bleak setting, yet Raven's fat ...more
Laura Furuta
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Girl Who Found the Sun
By Matthew S. Cox
5 out of 5 stars

The story The Girl Who Found the Sun by Matthew S. Cox is a post-apocalyptic/science fiction book that had me hooked from the first chapter and didn’t let me go until I had read the final page. The author has created a story that had me wondering what if and what would I do in the same situation. The storyline is amazing as well as the characters. You are taken to an underground refuge that is safe from the dangers on the surface. There
Iseult Murphy
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Fun adventure story about a group of people forced underground because of global warming who discover that it is safe once more to live on the surface. I loved the characters of Raven, Tinsley, Sienna and her children. I found the story a bit slow to get going, but loved it once it did.

I recieved a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Light At The End Of The Tunnel

•••NOT for the homophobic, transphobic, closedminded, or faint of heart!•••

This is a stand alone novel. I can't wait to read more by this author!

Raven knows life in the Arc is becoming untenable but she does not know how to convince Noah of that. All she really cares about is her daughter Tinsley and her pseudo sister Sienna and her kids. She likes her co-workers well enough but their job is becoming impossible. You can only repair things so many times before they j
Andrew - Word Forge
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Before we begin, dear readers, I want to let you know that I received this book as part of a Book Tour with Blackthorn Book Tours in exchange for an honest review, which I am happy to give.

I had a lot of fun reading this book, and I want to thank Blackthorn Book Tours for the opportunity!

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Samantha Bradshaw
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
After pollution destroys the world, Raven is stuck working the vents of the underground civilization that is keeping humanity alive, albeit failing. Her daughter, Tinsley, is dying due to a lack of air. And so is the rest of the small population. And going above the ground is forbidden because rumors have spread saying that going above will melt you. But Raven goes above. And she sees a world that people can live in. The only problem now is convincing the rest of the people that the world is saf ...more
Lori Hammons
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fascinated by Raven's world and all that was revealed to her along the way of her story. This book grabbed my attention and kept me riveted. It also serves as a good message to humanity: Pay attention and be good stewards.
Chuck Woodbury
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome Story.

I’m boggled by some of Mathews stories but this one blew my mind. A grand adventure and not in the normal way. I want to see the movie!
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imagining a life trapped under ground.

I am certain would driven me to find my way out. Especially faced with only certain dead by staying. Hope for a better answer enough. Rules are only logical when not based in fear of the unknown. Humanity should be driven by survival not fear
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Raven has been on the ARK as the Earth was dying off . Her and a small group found the shelter and time is slowly starting to run out for them . They will suffocate if the machinery start to fail . When her daughter shows signs of oxygen deprivation Raven will do anything to get her daughter safe . Even if it is breaking every rule in the Ark .

This story what can i say about them , they are well written and complex . Raven is a character that will have you cheering for her and also crying fo
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
An enthralling post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel, The Girl Who Found the Sun is intelligent, charming, and at times chilling in it's possible predictions of our future. Following the 'wake' cycles of sharp minded and stubborn Raven as she tries to keep oxygen flowing in the underground haven the Arc, the reader is taken on a harrowing journey of discovery that unearths secrets, confirms suspicions, and turns Raven and her daughter Tinsley's lives inside out.

Cox wastes no time patronising the reader
Laurie Heiser
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Comfort Zone

Reminds you that your personal space is only one of many opportunistic worlds available to you, if your brave enough to look then act!
Margret Wacker
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just got done reading your book 😊really loved it

Also it makes you think about how we are doing
To our self .Now on to your next book 😊so keep writing so I can keep reading your books😁
Margaret 😁😇
Sherry Christenson
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The girl who found the sun is a creative story with vivid details that had my mind whirling thinking what if? Raven is a complex flawed but realistic character. She’s independent strong intelligent and will do what ever is necessary to keep her daughter as well as everyone else alive. I loved Tinsley, she gave me hope that everything would be ok
Alicia Bate
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Well that’s a tantalizing description! I am not altogether sure the tension manifests in the first chapters at least as I found the opening scene a touch too long-winded for my tastes and really there was not enough to keep me turning the pages at first. Hard to imagine how any author could make fixing electrical wiring interesting to be honest even if it is being done in underground tunnels in a strange place called the Arc. But I was not about to be put off as I liked the idea of a strong fema ...more
Ruth Bishop
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Girl Who Found the Sun is a post-apocalyptic novel that feels eerily real and relevant in today's day and age. While we haven't reached anywhere near the level of disaster that has wiped out everyone save for the people hunkered down underground in this book, it could be considered plausible.
The story, set many years in the future, takes place mostly in an underground location known as the Arc. 183 people currently live there, although it was meant to house 2000+ people. Those 183 people ar
Helen Simpson
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great post apocalyptic book. Raven is an engineer who has to fix the machines that aids them to live underground in something that is called the ark. Until something happens where Raven has to go above ground. My only criticism at times it was long winded and drawn out. A good read.
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lovely story. It dragged in the beginning a bit, but by the mid point picked up and continued to be well written. Enjoyed the world-building here a lot. Really want to know what will happen next!
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this book via promo code and this is my voluntary review. I've been on a post-apocalyptic literary binge for the last little while now and this seemed like my jam. If you are a fan of The 100, or City of Embers then you will most likely enjoy this story of Raven, a girl living as a technician in an underground bunker a few hundred years after the fall of human civilisation. There are less than 200 humans left alive (as far as they know) and the air scrubbers are failing.. the only hop ...more
3.5 stars. I liked this. It reminded me a little of Wool, with the underground life (although it's been a while since I read that). I listened to the audio edition (requested, and received for free in exchange for an honest review). The narrator was good, a little over-done at times with all the different voices, but it did make them distinct (the nasally sounding kid, the one with the lisp, the accent, the slow talker). I got a little tired of Raven constantly thinking to herself ... I know thi ...more
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
The story is good. The characters are fun. The scenario is fairly believable, and the plot is interesting. The only reason I am not giving it more stars is the constant inner dialogue Raven has with herself. So many pages could have been cut out of the book by reducing the number of times Raven had the SAME internal conversation, description of problems, and ruminations. I know they are running out of air. I know the scrubbers are failing. I know the hydroponics solution is making everyone ill b ...more
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-me
First, this is a book by one of my favorite authors, Matthew S. Cox. Once again he proves his ability and skill to weave a story. However, this is the first of his books where the story did not capture and hold my attention.

This book would have worked better as a short story. It felt pained as more story arcs were added and very slow in fruition.

I will keep reading as many of Mr. Cox's as life allows.
Martha Johnson
The story follows the usual premise of a destroyed earth and part of society go underground, but the twists kept me reading to the end and was an enjoyable read. Predictable ending though.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you enjoyed Wool .

You might enjoy this dystopia . Disenfranchised female protagonist . No real surprises . Some preaching in the form of blind men describing an elephant .
Brittany Tedford
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This book grabbed my attention right from the start and kept me reading constantly, ignoring my real-world duties😅 absolutely fantastic book!
Bethany Martin
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
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Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor wit ...more

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