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The Extinction Trials Kindle Edition
After a mysterious global event known only as “The Change,” six strangers wake up in an underground research facility. They soon learn that they’re part of the Extinction Trials—a scientific experiment to restart the human race.
But the Extinction Trials hides a very big secret.
And so does the world outside.
Welcome to The Extinction Trials, A.G. Riddle’s first new novel in two years. It’s an uplifting, standalone story about a group of people struggling against impossible odds to save their families in a world on the brink of collapse—with a surprise ending unlike anything you’ve ever read.
Selected Praise for A.G. Riddle
“...reads like a superior collaboration between Dan Brown and Michael Crichton.”
—The Guardian on Pandemic
“I finished the book fast because I just couldn’t wait...”
—WIRED GeekDad on Departure
“Riddle... keep(s) the focus on his characters... rather than the technological marvels”
—Publisher’s Weekly on Departure
“This is apocalyptic sci-fi at its best.”
—Daily Mail on The Solar War
“Well-constructed and tightly-wound as a fine Swiss watch—DEPARTURE has non-stop action, an engaging plot and, of course, wheels within wheels.”
—Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Outlander
AN EXTENDED LOOK AT THE EXTINCTION TRIALS
Dr. Maya Young is successful, single, and completely unfulfilled. But she’s working on it. Until one morning when everything changes.
After a strenuous spin class, Maya begins coughing until blood comes up. At the hospital, she discovers that her symptoms are far more complicated than she realized. Her illness may be connected to a far-reaching global conspiracy. And she may hold the key to stopping it.
Owen Watts is a firefighter who is slowly losing his job. Not because he’s not good at it. And not because he doesn’t show up and work hard. On the contrary, he’s very good at his job—and hard working. His problem is that robots are increasingly doing the work he’s trained his whole life to do.
The robots aren’t Owen’s only problem. He has a limitation, a condition that has always held him back in life. Because of that, he’s not exactly sure what he’ll do next—when the robots take his job completely.
But one morning a call comes in that will change his life forever. With his team, Owen responds to a fire alarm at an apartment building. At first, it seems to be a false alarm. But it’s not. It’s the start of a global event known as “The Change”—a new era of human existence that will alter the future forever.
As The Change sweeps the world, Owen and Maya both end up in the hospital. With their injuries, it looks like the last stop for them. But the next time they wake up, they’re in an underground research facility along with four other strangers. The group is told very little, only that they’re part of the Extinction Trials, a scientific experiment aimed at finding a way for humanity to survive in the world after The Change.
What they don’t know is that the Extinction Trials hides one very big secret—and a few small ones. And so do several of the other participants.
With time running out to save the last human survivors, Owen, Maya, and the other participants venture out into the changed world. What they find there is beyond anything they imagined. And the key to their future—and humanity’s survival—is something no one expected.
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'This is apocalyptic sci-fi at its best. Plot and character are masterfully woven together and the action – which is anything but frozen – sling-shots from stage to stage like an intergalactic spaceship' Daily Mail, on The Solar War.
'A complex, multi-stranded narrative spanning 700 pages that reads like a superior collaboration between Dan Brown and Michael Crichton' ― Guardian, on Pandemic --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
After a mysterious global event known only as 'The Change', six strangers wake up in an underground research facility where they learn that they're part of the Extinction Trials o a scientific experiment to restart the human race. But the Extinction Trials harbours a very big secret.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B09BLCGT45
- Publisher : Legion Books (2 November 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 3027 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 430 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,795 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The name Extinction Trials is a slight misnomer. By all accounts I was expecting a hunger games-esque book and in truth, that isn't what happened at all.
The prologue suggests as much and then...pivots into a excellent seudo sci fi near future thrill ride of 9/11 proportions...or does it, before resetting in the far future and spamming on the breaks.
Suffice to say for fans of Riddle this is classic fair, even if the middle of the book drags. Once I got into the groove of where ( I thought the book was going ) that was OK if not a bit long winded and laboured with talk and exposition. However then The Extinction Trials pivots again and again until.
Well let's just say that Riddle very cheekily ripped off, nay pulled off the qintensiential ending of Battle Star Galactica, which is no small feat. Thematically TET reveals itself the more you read it with an extended ending that has a bitter sweet ending for all involved.
I would have preferred that Riddle was not coy about exploring autism specifically and just named it as such, and the constant reliance on the The Promise self help book is a bit on the nose as someone is both religious and spiritual.
All in all a very thoughtful book that is both longer than expected and very very differant!
Well done A.G.
This one ticks all those boxes. The world is going to h*ll in a hand basket (it’s an old expression) and certain characters must come together to save the day. Some will not know what they know. Some will have secrets and, in any case, they have no idea what is going on. This is a good thing because what is going on is very bad. Governments and technology companies are in a war to the death, both claim that they are the only path to salvation for humanity. In a nutshell.
Many dangers are faced along the way and the intrepid group battles on. The ending was a nice little twist that I didn’t see coming but it makes sense. After reading this I’m even a bit more kindly disposed to artificial intelligence. Just a little bit. Also, Riddle has written some books previously as a series called Extinction Files so you need to be careful. I was caught out on Goodreads and the plots are both different but similar sounding. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this though. It makes a lovely change from dark books even if you find post apocalyptic books themselves dark. Many thanks to Netgalley and Legion Books for the much appreciated arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.
To be published on 2 November 2021.
The Extinction Trials is a standalone dystopian science fiction thriller from author AG Riddle. I initially was confused by the title assuming this was another entry in Riddle's Extinction files series and was excited to find this one is a standalone book.
There is alot to like about this book. Riddle delivers a complex, richly layed plot which poses thought provoking questions about humanity, the greater good and morality. I felt pulled back and forth with regards to which side I was on and whose motive was greater, never being quite sure who the 'good' guys were.
The story is part epic adventure, part science fiction dystopia and part apocalyptic thriller. The pace was good with each section providing new and fresh situations and challenges for the characters. I read the whole thing in one sitting as I wanted to know more and more.
The two main dislikes for me were the characters and generally the sense that this had been done before. It felt very similar to me to Riddle's other novel, Departure. People lost with limited memory, struggling with who to trust, technology, a futuristic aspects, and heavy handed messages about society. The characters could have been fleshed out a little more for me. The romance subplot between the two main characters felt unnecessary or in need of more development.
The ending is well crafted and packs a punch. I did actually find myself gasping out loud. This part put a whole new spin on the story and gave an interesting perspective which was an intriguing and compelling was to finish. The plot all wraps up with no cliffhangers.
Overall, a solid and entertaining book which I'd recommend.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for an early copy of this book.
Top reviews from other countries
skip this book and read something else by him.
There are mistakes aplenty, but it could still have been a reasonably good story, until near the end... It was a completely impossible pre-ending, as it was given to the two main characters.
I wish now that I had taken notice of all the other negative reviews and not bothered with this one! It has left a nasty taste in my mouth. I hate that the end has done that to me.
I don't often leave negative reviews but I'm this case I feel compelled to warn others. On your head be it, if you read this, then the book... I feel completely unsatisfied with it and I am an avid fantasy/scifi fiction fan.
Sorry Mr Riddle but you should have thought about this much harder, before you ever presented it to a publisher, even if it is Amazon, who will publish anything!
Plots within plots, twists within twists, totally mind blowing.
If this is the first A G Riddle book you have purchased, I feel so sorry for you, but you have so much to look forward too.
What's next ? Who the hell knows ? But I can't wait.
Was a really entertaining read and satisfying as a stand alone story, looking forward to the next book from this author already.
The concept is good, but writing is not up to his usual standard. Lots of telling, not enough showing, and cheap literary tricks like saying "[characters a b c] didn't know [d e f] were lying" at the end of a chapter is just not in line with previous work quality.
Good plot, poor execution. Expected more from this otherwise excellent author