Review: Orion Rising by S.A. Meade

Beautiful, stunning imagery. Hope, fear, rivalry, jealousy and above all love. Recommended read. 4.5/5



Michael and Paul fight to survive in a land frozen by endless winter. Will the ice between them thaw once and for all?

Michael Wright has given up thinking he’s anything more than a number-cruncher. When he’s summoned to verify the outcome of renowned meteorologist, Paul Clarkson’s latest research Michael is happy to escape the drudgery of a grey cubicle at the Met Office.

At Station 17 he finds himself working side by side with a brilliant scientist and charismatic man who stirs a lot more than respect. The attraction is mutual but, after a few snatched hours of passion, internal politics and a vengeful adversary tear them apart.

When Michael returns to Station 17 two years later he discovers that the world isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Paul is forbiddingly distant and the fire that once burned between them has turned to ice. The violence of a deadly storm reignites their relationship - but will the disastrous aftermath of another destroy their love once and for all?



This was not what I was expecting at all. SA Meade is the author of Stolen Summer which I really enjoyed and I bought this book with certain expectations about standard of writing etc. I didn't even read the blurb. SA is a very good writer (emphasis on the very!). She conjures images in words and builds a world not far in our future very cleverly. Despite the story being set in our near future this is not a story with a futuristic theme but one with the theme of human vs nature and immense struggle.

I loved Michael; I wanted to smack Paul (but I ended up loving him too!). I adored the landscape of a frozen Britain and the small details that take you away from the here and now and into this new and bleak world where nature really has been utterly destroyed by us all. Weaving scientific fact very gently into the story means that you are not laden down with facts but step by step you are pulled into the world.

There is more sex in this book than in a typical RJ Scott book. The sex that is written is very thoughtful and emotional but it is for a few sex passages I skipped that I gave the book 4.5/5. That is entirely ME and I can promise you it wont stall your reading.

The context of this book is one that isn't very far in our own futures and it highlights very clearly that despite a nature in total breakdown and the bleakness of a white future, very real human emotions still exist like jealousy, bravery and love. There is hope in every word about the tomatoes and the chickens and even the words spoken by one of the main characters saying that under the snow the green is waiting to wake up.

Beautiful, stunning imagery. Hope, fear, rivalry, jealousy and above all love. 
Recommended read. 4.5/5

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