I should begin this review by saying that I am totally fascinated by the whole ‘asteroid heading to Earth’ concept. I’ve watched numerous films and read every work of fiction I can featuring asteroids in this very scenario, so when Stormhaven Rising was recommended to me, I jumped at the chance to read it.
Stormhaven Rising isn’t a rehashed ‘Hollywood saves the world’ type story. It has science – real science – and dispels many of the myths we have seen on the big screen. It had an interesting start and was quick to set up the basics of the story and introduce some key characters and of course the science. I’m not very knowledgeable about advanced science (anything beyond what is taught general science in high school), so when reading hard sci-fi, I tend to prefer the plot over the science, but in the same respect, I like to learn new things. I certainly learned a lot from reading Stormhaven Rising and for the most part, understood it.
The crux of this story is the government trying to keep knowledge of the oncoming asteroid out of the public domain, and Colton Taylor, an industrialist with seemingly unlimited resources, trying to do the exact opposite. I found the character dynamics interesting for the most part. There were parts that went over my head or went on for a little longer than I felt necessary, but overall, I enjoyed the story.
This is the first book in the Atlas and the Winds series and gives an insight into how the powers that be may react in such a situation versus those who believe people have a right to know.
If you enjoy hard sci-fi, then I would certainly recommend adding Stormhaven Rising to your ‘to be read’ list.