The Frozen Sky (Frozen Sky #1)
Author: Jeff Carlson
A far off place, two hundred years in the future, humans will venture out into space and harvest ice from the Jupiter's sixth moon, Europa. From the Author that brought you Plague Year, Jeff Carlson’s First Contact space adventure thriller, The Frozen Sky, will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. From the opening chase scene where your heart is beating to the political structure of Earth and the moral questions regarding first contact, The Frozen Sky will keep you guessing what’s going to happen, throughout the entire book.
Robotic probes have discovered ancient carvings in a deep cave system on Europa. Investigating first hand, Alexis Vonderach, aka Von, and her teammates have discovered an ancient buried civilization on Europa. After an accident causes a cave-in, which kills Von’s teammates, Von ends up on the front door-steps of the native population. As First Contact with the "sunfish" goes horribly wrong, Von is chased through the caverns of Europa by the sunfish as she tries to survive.
I wanted to like this book more than I did. The story itself is actually very intriguing and it made me think about how awful humans can be. What rights do we humans have to the resources on another planet? Profit is what drives Earth politics in this story (and in real life), it may be profitable to destroy another sentient life forms home, but is it moral?
There were a lot of really interesting concepts in this novel, how space travel will work, futuristic medicine with cloned materials, communicating with an alien species, artificial intelligence. You can tell that Carlson must have put in a ton of hours researching these concepts. Overall the story was well done, but it took me quite some time to get into it. I read on a Kindle, so I can’t tell you the page number, but the first 20% of the book was the initial chase scene with Von and the sunfish. I struggled to read this part of the book, it was just too long and I was bored. The beginning was great, you were wondering what was going on, was Von going to survive this chase, who were these creatures chasing her on this desolate and supposedly uninhabited moon? Then the chase scene kept going on and on and on, like the energizer bunny. Eventually the story progresses from a one woman survival situation to include more characters. Once there was interaction between other characters I was a lot more entertained and found the book easier to read.
At this time I have no plans on reading the rest of this trilogy.