Jubilee Year: A Novel

Jubilee Year: A Novel

by Gerard O'Neill


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ISBN-13: 9780994365446
Publisher: 978-0-9943654-4-6
Publication date: 09/09/2015
Series: Erelong , #1
Pages: 460
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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Jubilee Year: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SiobhanDavisAuthor More than 1 year ago
Jubilee Year is a solid sci-fi dystopian read with an interesting premise and plenty of mystery and suspense to keep the reader engaged. This is a well-written debut novel with a focus on family, friendship, young love, and government conspiracy and control. I really enjoyed the Australian setting and it was a refreshing change from the norm. World building is credible. This book focuses on the unsettling climate change and the reasons behind it. Yes, there is political intrigue and a controlling government keeping citizens in the dark, which is common enough within the genre, but I still found it a very interesting read. Storm is a strong, decent male lead. In the main, character development is solidly built throughout the novel, and it was easy to love or hate or certainly feel strong emotions toward every player. For me, the pacing was a little inconsistent in parts. I struggled to get into this book for the first 25 percent, and I put it down a couple of times. I'm glad I came back to it because I thought the second half of the book was superb, it flowed much better and was a lot more action packed. The romance was very light in this book and that's my biggest complaint as I like my sci-fi to have a strong romance subplot and a swoon-worthy lead male. There is some romance, and it is sweet but just not deep enough to satisfy this reader. Overall, I think this is a very good debut novel that will definitely appeal to fans of this genre. Thanks to the author for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mike Dixon for Readers' Favorite The gospels speak of a Jubilee year in which the Children of Israel released slaves, cancelled debts, and redistributed wealth. It was a great leveling operation and the cosmos did something similar. Every so often, a mass extinction wiped out a bunch of creatures and replaced them with others. The last extinction was bad news for the dinosaurs. The next is just around the corner according to Gerard O’Neill in his latest sci-fi thriller, Jubilee Year. The novel is set in the small Australian town of Coonabarabran, which is home to one of the world’s leading astronomical observatories. The scene is idyllic but all is not well in the small community. Astronomers are meeting violent deaths at leading observatories and governments are placing them under strict controls. Strange objects have appeared in the sky and their presence is being kept secret. Friends of the scientists realize that something is seriously wrong and prepare for worst. Gerard O’Neill gives us a taste of the perils that lurk in outer space. A comet wiped out the dinosaurs. It came as if from nowhere and there was nothing the huge creatures could do about it. The same is not true of us. Our scientists monitor the solar system and know when danger threatens. Unfortunately, there are governments that crave weapons of mass destruction. Jubilee Year takes a look at what might happen if powerful people attempt to harness a threat from outer space and use it for their own ends. As always, ordinary folk get caught up in the quest for power. I liked Jubilee Year. The underlying philosophy is great, the science is okay and the writing style is often brilliant.