Supernova Era

Supernova Era

Book - 2019
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Eight light years away, a star has died, creating a supernova event that showers Earth in deadly levels of radiation. Within a year, everyone over the age of thirteen will die. And so the countdown begins. Parents apprentice their children and try to pass on the knowledge needed to keep the world running. But when the world is theirs, the last generation may not want to continue the legacy left to them. And in shaping the future however they want, will the children usher in an era of bright beginnings or final mistakes?
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250306036
1250306035
Branch Call Number: SciFic Liu
Characteristics: 348 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Martinsen, Joel - Translator

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JLMason
Jan 30, 2020

Lord of the Flies on a less personal and more global scale, Supernova Era is an unsettling tale of Earth run by children who can wield an arsenal of weapons in the spirit of “play”. Cixin’s fascination with military strategy and technology overwhelms part of the book. Some of the behaviours seem not credible. Despite these flaws, the book will make one ponder about the innocence of children and about what adults could achieve by viewing the world in a different way.

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lurkykitty
Dec 08, 2019

Supernova Era has a really interesting premise - what would happen if only those 13 years and under survived an apocalyptic event, in this case a supernova star showering earth with deadly radiation. It is well written and engaging. It is an idea and concept based book rather plot based, as many of the things that happen are completely unrealistic, e.g., 13 year olds learning to fly fighter and commercial planes in six months. There is also no discussion about what must be the inevitable high infant and early childhood mortality that would occur. It is a difficult book for parents to read as there are large numbers of children who die as a result of their own society’s bad decisions. However, this is the kind of book that will be fodder for long and interesting discussions. How would you prepare children for a world without adults?

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