Arctic Rising

Arctic Rising

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it's about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean. Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. Thousands of tiny mirrors floating in the air can create a giant sunshade, capable of redirecting heat and cooling the earth's surface. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself--but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen. Anika Duncan is an airship pilot for the underfunded United Nations Polar Guard. She's intent on capturing a smuggled nuclear weapon that has made it into the Polar Circle and bringing the smugglers to justice.<p>Anika finds herself caught up in a plot by a cabal of military agencies and corporations who want Gaia Corporation stopped. But when Gaia Corp loses control of their superweapon, it will be Anika who has to decide the future of the world. The nuclear weapon she has risked her life to find is the only thing that can stop the floating sunshade after it falls into the wrong hands.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765319210
0765319217
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 303 p. :,map ;,25 cm.

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Apr 30, 2017

This is a slick and enjoyable little adventure story set in a struggle between nations and corporations. It'd make a great movie. More substantively, two moments keep returning to me - our captive heroine's words as she blocks her interrogator's exit and a later statement she makes about the twisted self-perception of all "players of the great game." She makes a truly modern cry of/by/for "we the people ..."

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