The year is 2117. Oceans have risen fifteen feet and it's 120 degrees in Atlanta as Neave Alvarez graduates with a degree in Climatology. But it's a field she's forced into by a domineering father who drags her into his campaign to launch a solar shade ring into space around the earth. The goal is to block the sun's rays and cool the oceans.
But Neave begins to have doubts during an expedition to sunken Charleston. That's where she meets the first man who's ever vibrated her molecules, only to discover he's a clone - a clone who asks infuriating questions about what her scientist parents are really up to.
Her quest for the truth plunges her into a dangerous world of political intrigue and dark family secrets where it's hard to tell who's the good guy and who's the bad guy. She wrestles with the meaning of family, whether clones have a soul and whether one more scientist can really make a difference in the fight against rising seas.
Set against the backdrop of runaway global warming, The Shade Ring is a compelling tale of a young woman's pursuit of justice. And there's also her search for true love, even though she doubts it still exists anymore.
The Shade Ring is Climate Fiction, Action & Adventure and Romantic Suspense, all rolled into one.
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About the Author
Her interest in climate change led her to imagine a not-too-distant future when oceans have risen fifteen feet. That's the backdrop for The Shade Ring Trilogy. Her reporting skills came in handy as she investigated possible impacts of runaway global warming. And her fascination with time travel and the paranormal are on display in The Time Telephone and VisionSight: a Novel. Because she's passionate about diversity, she always includes a diverse cast of characters in her books.
Growing up, she was a middle child and lived in Japan and Okinawa where her Army dad was stationed. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing.
She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and their goofy dog, Pistol - so named because he's a real pistol.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I’ve read many books from this author and I like her science fictions mainly because they’re approachable and enjoyable. I thought the Shade Ring would be harder to read because of the very scientific title and the somewhat austere cover. But it turned out not to be so. It’s well written and intellectual for sure, but no less enjoyable. The romance part is well done, there are plenty of actions, and lots of dramatic scenes at the end. I had a hard time to put it down. What I enjoy the most, however, is not the drama or the action, but the discussions of some imminent issues such as the impacts of global warming and human cloning on the future generations. The elements of Greek tragedies make the literature thought-provoking. Although I have difficulties to accept the nativity of Neave, and the monstrosity of her own father, I must say the contrast of the characters is really the driving force behind the plot.
Another great piece of work from this author, this time a futuristic novel blending murder, mystery and romance. Neave, the neglected daughter of a famous and successful climatologist is a student on the path to becoming a scientist herself but the little expedition she is part of goes awry and her father's rival, an anti-solar shade ring scientist, is now dead. As she starts digging, her doubts about the project and her father pile up. This novel also digs into ethical questions of cloning in the futuristic era. A fast-moving gripping novel for science fiction fans. Enjoyed it very much