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About the Book
The Girl Who Found the Sun; Matthew Cox
Adult; Sci-Fi; 424 Pages
Division Zero Press (December 7, 2019)
It started with the insects.
The mass die-offs had been a warning unheeded. Before society realized the danger, the Earth had inexorably begun a transformation into a place where life could not survive. A small group found shelter in the Arc, an underground refuge safe from the toxins ravaging the surface.
After centuries of darkness, humanity’s second chance is running out—and Raven Wilder knows it.
Her job fixing the machinery in the Arc makes her aware of how close everything is to breaking down. When the systems fail, the last survivors of the human race will suffocate in the tunnels meant to protect them from the deadly air outside—starting with the most vulnerable. Unfortunately, in an example of history repeating itself, those in charge dismiss her concerns.
When her six-year-old begins showing signs of oxygen deprivation, Raven refuses to go quietly into oblivion.
She will break every rule to keep her daughter alive.
About the Author
Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, the Prophet of the Badlands series, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.
His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, developer of two custom tabletop RPG systems, and a fan of anime, British humour, and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of humanity, reality, life, and what might happen after it.
He is also fond of cats, presently living with two: Loki and Dorian.
Always a little leery when there’s a post-apocalyptic book to read cause many times the author doesn’t take into account time and the effects it has on the items of the world. Well, Matthew has nailed it. That alone is a great reason to read this book. In The Girl Who Found the Sun, Mr. Cox worked in what would naturally happen perfectly into this book of the future.
Not only did Mr. Cox take this into account, but he also wove it into his story majestically. Everything from cars being just a pile of rust to buildings collapsing, rusting or just plain dry rotting, depending on the material used. Unlike many stories told about massive disasters and the centuries after, Cox avoided things like gasoline being used, unmaintained power plants up and running, or food still sitting in houses just waiting to be used by the starving survivors.
Again, the fact Mr. Cox kept it as real as one could expect when predicting the future like this, was one of the main reasons I kept reading. I wanted to see just how deep he’d take the reader into this world, and by the end, I was completely impressed. For world-building I give this story 4 Stars.
Character development was crafted pretty well. The main character, in my opinion, was the one I had a hard time coming to have any feelings, positive or negative about. This could have just been a “me” thing, but she didn’t move me like some of the other lesser important characters. Without giving spoilers, I will say, loved the way he portrayed her daughter, and really loved the way he portrayed the antagonist. Though there weren’t a lot of characters in-depth, those two, Kinsley and Noah’s development in this reader’s opinion was amazing. For character development, I give The Girl Who Found the Sun 3 stars.
Not only was the story building great, character development pretty good, I thought the story was excellent. Yes, the above would have probably kept me reading to the end, but what keeps me most reading is the story, and Mr. Cox, was dead on with the plot and flow. The story progressed wonderfully and makes the reader want to continue to read. In my case, I may not have been rooting for the hero of the story, but there were others he made me root for and care for and made me want to see just what happens. Sadly I didn’t get the ending I wanted, but that was just based on my own personal feelings, not anything to do with the way the story went, and there’s no way I could dock points because the author didn’t write the ending the way I wanted. So again without spoilers, I have to say, Cox hit a grand slam with this story, and Mr. Cox, if you read this, I would be first in line to read Tensley excursions next. I give the plot of the story 4 stars with an overall rating of 4 stars for the whole kit-n-kaboodle.
After pollution destroys the world, Raven is stuck working the vents of the underground civilization that is keeping humanity alive, albeit failing. Her daughter, Tinsley, is dying due to a lack of air. And so is the rest of the small population. And going above the ground is forbidden because rumors have spread saying that going above will melt you. But Raven goes above. And she sees a world that people can live in. The only problem now is convincing the rest of the people that the world is safe.
Rich, immersive, and humorous, while giving one an idea of where humanity might be headed in the near future if humanity doesn’t treat the world the way it needs to be treated. Well written, I loved it from start to finish. An interesting take on a post-apocalyptic world, The Girl Who Found the Sun will take you to a time that we try to pretend may never happen, even though it’s fully possible that it might, and we may forget parts of our lives today.
Buy the Book
This book is available in Kindle and paperback editions here.
Also by Matthew S. Cox:
One More Run (Book 1, Roadhouse series)
The Redeemed (Book 2, Roadhouse series)
Dead Man’s Number (Book 3, Roadhouse series Coming soon!
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