by Neal Stephenson
2015 / 880 pages
read by Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron – 31h 55m
rating:  B / science fiction

“The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason.”    Yup – that’s the first sentence of Neal Stephenson’s new door-stopping, sleep-interrupting hefty tome.

A couple pages on comes:   “The good news is that one day the Earth is going to have beautiful rings,  like Saturn.  The bad news is that it’s going to be messy.”    LOL!

Section 1 is basically concerns what happens when the people of the earth realize they are going to die because the moon has exploded and in the very near future the human population will be bombarded by its pieces – what they come to call “hard rain.”   The international plan is to  save a few thousand humans, historical artifacts and create a new civilization on a “Cloud Ark,” designed and developed by the “ark-itects” and sending the specially selected people to live there.  Other folks go underground or do whatever they can think of,  but the surface of the earth will be uninhabitable when the pieces of the moon explode into a white cloud of rocks and then millions of  pieces, shrapnel really, start bouncing off each other for an unknown number of millennia.   The deadline to have this Cloud Ark up and running is two  years.  >>>>MORE>>>>

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