Swarm Rising

(2 reviews with an average rating of 4 out of 5)

Publisher: Hodder

In 1974, a message was sent into outer space. Its intention was to let any lifeforms out there know that they were not alone; that Earth was inhabited by humans and that those humans were very clever indeed. Nobody really expected the message to be heard. And they certainly didn’t expect aliens to come looking for us.

In not many years from now, Danny gets an unexpected WhatsApp message from Adi, a friend of his cousin with whom he seems to have lots in common. Meanwhile, Danny’s radio astronomer mum reports odd FRBs (fast radio bursts) being picked up at Jodrell Bank. And super-computers all over the world are going offline.

When Danny is kidnapped by a driverless taxi, and finds out his cousin has never heard of Adi, he finally realises something is very wrong.

Exploring ideas such as quantum flux, impossible superpowers enabled by expanding the laws of probability beyond their limits and a host of other theoretical possibilities, this is a must for sci-fi fans.

But you don’t need to be a scientist to love this book; it’s an absorbing, exciting adventure based on an ingenious concept, thoughtfully planned and with a strong environmental message.

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