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Librarian's Note: Alternate-cover edition for ASIN B00JS3BJZAThe year is 2091. With accelerated warming and global population out of control, the survival of humanity hangs in the balance. On the brink of extinction, science delivers one last hope. Human hibernation.Jennifer Logan is a tough cop in the newly formed Duality Division, tasked with enforcing hibernation. WhenLibrarian's Note: Alternate-cover edition for ASIN B00JS3BJZAThe year is 2091. With accelerated warming and global population out of control, the survival of humanity hangs in the balance. On the brink of extinction, science delivers one last hope. Human hibernation.Jennifer Logan is a tough cop in the newly formed Duality Division, tasked with enforcing hibernation. When she uncovers a memory, hidden deep within her mind, her belief in the system she protects is shattered. Together with an unlikely partner, and convinced that her past holds the secret to mankind’s future, she embarks on a dangerous search for the truth, one that rapidly turns into a struggle for her life. Pursued by the very people she once trusted, Logan must risk everything for answers to the mystery that unfolds. As her world unravels and the layers of deceit are revealed, she is forced to question everything and use all of her skills to survive. In The Whisper of Stars, author Nick Jones delivers a breathtaking, sinister vision of the future, where nothing is what it seems. He shows us that some secrets cannot stay buried, no matter how deep. The Whisper of Stars is the first book in the Hibernation Saga. A fast-paced, futuristic thriller starring a tough, female protagonist. It features conspiracy theories, romance and intrigue and is set in a dystopian world, making it an ideal read for any fans of the sci-fi genre and also suitable for a young adult audience....

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The Whisper of Stars Reviews

  • Dylan Hearn
    2019-02-14 17:10

    A few months ago somebody recommended I should read The Whisper of Stars, saying it trod similar ground to my books. I put off reading it for a while as I was worried about being influenced by another writer’s ideas, but over the Christmas break I decided it was time to have a look. I’m glad I did. If you have read and enjoyed either of my books, I highly recommend you read The Whisper of Stars. It covers similar ideas to those in Second Chance and Absent Souls but in a very different way, and it’s a cracking read to boot.ReviewWith The Whisper of Stars, Nick Jones has combined detective, espionage and near-future dystopian thriller genres to produce a cracking story that is both compelling and makes you think about the challenges we face in the future.With Earth’s resources dwindling, the UN has taken control, forcing large parts of the world’s population to go into hibernation – sleeping one year on, one year off. Jennifer Logan is part of the Duality Division, ensuring people go into hibernation at their allotted time, but after a failed mission, old memories are awakened leading her to embark on a quest for the truth about what happened to her father many years before, a quest that has her questioning everything she knows about her life and the world she lives in.This really is a great read. Each chapter draws you into the world Jones has created, one that is both futuristic and very, very real, with neural implants rubbing shoulders with a night down the pub with friends. As the story progresses Jones gradually reveals a dark vision of the future, where those in power are forced to make difficult decisions which in turn become further corrupted by the desire to manipulate and control.All this on its own would make an interesting read but it’s with the character of Jennifer Logan that this book stands out. This is a strong, non-nonsense female lead who just doesn’t give up, using her own skills and ingenuity to overcome anything in her path. Once the search for the truth starts, Jones successfully ratchets up the tension chapter after chapter and I found myself staying up late just to reach the satisfying climax that sets up book 2 very nicely. If you like near-future thrillers, then you should read this book. Highly recommended.

  • Kend
    2019-01-27 20:13

    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and I'm glad I did. I haven't read in the way of futuristic novels in the last few years, save for a few dystopias that fall into the Young Adult category. This book is geared towards an older audience than many of those, and someone might make a good case for this reading as a part of the growing New Adult niche, or adult Science Fiction. Whatever the case may be, I found its inter-genre nature appealing, and I do love checking in with the self-published crowd every now and again. (Besides, the cover art is lovely, especially since the lead female character depicted thereon is not whitewashed.)The novel follows two characters––the badass female investigator Jennifer Logan, and the slightly less badass body-swapping schoolteacher, Nathan. Most reviews I've read so far seem to mention only Jennifer, but I think it's worth noting that a considerable portion of Jones' world-building and backstory is delivered through Nathan. That is, we get to see how the chip implantation, memory alteration, and hibernation processes work as he lives through them. His is the voice and point of view in which the book closes. Nathan and Jennifer end up working together in order to uncover a criminal conspiracy to use the systematized hibernation process to do ... something. The story was a little confusing on this point, perhaps because Jones is saving some crucial material for sequels. But suffice it to say, powerful people will use all of the minds in hibernation for nefarious crowdsourcing purposes, or something. Courtesy of a father figure who emerges as another important character, albeit in absentia, Jennifer has access to a device of unknown origin that provided the basis for the hibernation technology, and also allows for her to access and control other people's minds directly. Obviously, this gets her into trouble. And as she's busy getting herself in and out of trouble, she crosses paths with Nathan, who takes advantage of similar advanced technologies to switch out his schoolteacher body for a very toned and attractive (and yet somehow simultaneously unobtrusive and vanilla) body. (I object to him hanging onto another person's body, but that's a moral qualm for another day.) The rest of the novel is spent running through the streets of London and the wastes of Siberia, avoiding corrupt cops and trying to figure out what to do about the strange device, the hibernation situation, and all that.I'm actually fairly interested in this book. It has some inconsistencies in terms of how the telepathy and such is formatted on the page, which perhaps speaks to one of the common shortcomings of self-published novels, but the world is interesting enough to keep me involved. Jennifer strikes me as a cross between Sydney (from Alias) and Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander––a striking, flawed, and intelligent woman who incidentally takes great pride in her motorcycle. Nathan is a good deal less interesting as a character, although I found his backstory believable (within the context of this futuristic world). London and Siberia both end up being exoticized as settings, but hey, visions of the future have that prerogative. All in all, this was a sound installment from a new author that managed to exceed my expectations.

  • Shelley
    2019-01-27 21:48

    This book pretty much sucked. The concept was cool, but the execution of it was terrible! Not surprising, considering this book is self published. The characters were shallow and character development was sorely lacking. I found myself not really caring about anyone in the book, which I'm finding is important to me when reading a book. The author also rushed certain parts of the book that were kind of important, but added annoying descriptions and dialogue in places that didn't need it as much. It did NOT help with the flow of the book at all! I won't be reading the rest of the series. I don't care enough about any of the characters to find out what happens to them!

  • Jessica
    2019-02-13 16:01

    I found this book quite by accident on twitter when using a hashtag for free kindle books. I liked the description so I downloaded it. The story sucked me in from the beginning and held me right to the last page. It's well written and plotted and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who loves good dystopian science fiction.

  • Cathy Brooks
    2019-02-03 15:02

    This is the first time I had read a self -published book and I was impressed both by the physical quality of the book I received and the skill of the writer. The author's work is definitely worth looking at, and some of it is also FREE.

  • Pam
    2019-02-05 22:15

    Dystopian, action-packed, gut-wrenching tale of betrayal, revenge, love, and death. Smart, tough, female protagonist teamed with smart, reluctant vengeful doesn't get any better than this. Anxious to move on to the next installment.

  • susan murray
    2019-02-19 14:49

    Won from goodreads Just starting reading and the story has me already the world is not as we know it and you have hibernation as compulsory better to choose yourself than let them choose.Jennifer is a police officer who has to crack down on illegal body swapping is what I'd call it as can course splintering you will understand more as you read .Jennifer has bad dreams but something happens which unlocks that nightmare amd things change she is going to end up on the run not knowing whose on her side .I enjoyed this novel and look forward to any sequel

  • john paul miller
    2019-02-23 18:51

    Engaging from beginning to end.The Whisper of Stars will keep the reader engaged from start to finish. People hibernating as a way to address climate change in the future. Awesome and original!

  • Lucinda
    2019-01-29 17:15

    3.5 stars I enjoyed the story & the writing. Might just look around for the next book.

  • Sylvia
    2019-02-03 20:10

    Free e-book on amazon.comI really enjoyed this story line. It is set in 2091 and the interesting questions that are raised with regards to over population, big brother control over every day life, technology and its effect on the quality of life for the average person.

  • John Manhold
    2019-02-05 14:54

    The Whisper of Stars, is a Science Fiction Thriller by Nick Jones that provides a most unusual and captivating story.The year is 2091 and the world exists with many advances in cloning with an illegal side issue, body transfer that may be temporary (expensive) or permanent (very expensive) with a similar legal dichotomy, except the illegal ones often ‘splinter’ and proceed dangerously, ‘mind extraction’ where information is drained from the human if required, and ‘hibernation’, an activity where various sections of the population are placed in this condition for periods of time to allow the world’s huge population to survive because of restricted food sources.Jennifer Logan is a police sergeant in this era and we meet her as she traces down an illegal woman body transfer who splinters and kills her supposed lover. We then meet Nathan O’Brian who is in Brazil for an illegal body transfer so he can track down the person who killed his dearly loved wife as the result of her being a tenacious investigative reporter. After transfer, he discovers a lead to the killer but finds that her destruction had been only the first step in a massive conspiracy that includes the government itself. Through a series of activities Nathan finds Jennifer, she initiates a few enquiries that lead her to a governmental agent friend who believes he has noted evidence of ‘mind searches’ among hibernates in one of the centers. Since Jen has been through her first hibernation, they try the same on her and discover an encrypted series placed in her mind by her father, a noted scientist, just before he disappeared years before. From here, the tale takes off at a blistering pace and involves a trusted co-worker and father figure, a mysterious Japanese dancer, a CEO of the main supplier of governmental equipment, several fragmentary characters and a device that allows the bearer to literally read and influence other individuals’ minds.I read Sci-Fi only occasionally because fundamentally I am of a more pragmatic bent. This story admittedly has areas that stretch credibility BUT these areas are those entailing physical activity and not those of scientific possibility. These extend one’s thoughts but with present scientific advancement would appear to be well within the realm of possibility.Conclusion: a well-written, provoking plot with extensive stimulating action. A Sci-Fi that aficionados of the genre especially will find captivating. 5* Sci-Fi novel aficionados of the genre should love

  • Katy Noyes
    2019-02-17 18:50

    A debut author, self-published. And a really good read. There are so many writers out there trying to get their books seen, it's hard to choose which ones to try. I'd recommend this one. It's confident, it's fast-moving, the characters are sympathetic, the story is good. It's very reminiscent of 'Minority Report' (the film) and other dystopian sci-fi films and books set in our world gone to the dogs. Here, Hibernation of the human species is the answer, to preserve resources in a society threatened more and more by global warming. In this world, people live into their mid-hundreds comfortably, but body swapping has become a dangerous underground activity for those trying to defy the aging process for even longer. And that's Jennifer Logan's area - she's part of the police Duality Division, her role to stop those from swapping bodies illegally. But as often happens, she suddenly finds herself at the middle of a conspiracy involving her long-dead father, some deeply buried memories, and the whole system. Who can she trust?I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I was going to. The writing is instantly accessible and the genre is clearly a love of the author. I really liked picturing Jennifer's world and thought Nick Jones did a great job setting the scene and creating her world. It's visual enough to make a film from. Jennifer is a great protagonist, and her 'sidekick' that she picks up later has his own story, his own personality and skills, and isn't just a secondary character.There are some good 'set piece' scenes, the title is (finally) explained (and makes sense), there is a hanger of an ending, with a sequel to follow, I presume.One that teenagers might enjoy, but aimed at an adult market (some swearing/short sexual scenes but nothing graphic), it's a good addition to the genre.With thanks to the author for the review copy.

  • Ian Miller
    2019-01-31 21:02

    This appears to be a first effort, and it is a good one. It is best described as lying somewhere between science fiction and fantasy (where depends on your definitions) and is set somewhere near the end of the 21st century. Human population has expanded intolerably, lifetimes are almost doubled, the planet is under pressure, and hence society has taken a novel way out: hibernation. Everyone volunteers to get an implanted chip and report at periodic intervals to be put to sleep, to wake up some time later so that the waking population at any time is at reasonable levels. Of course, criminals do not do this, as they fear they may not wake. There is also an illegal way out: swapping bodies. How that works is unclear because while one party benefits, the other party is not mentioned in the book. And there needs to be policing of this policy, and one such policewoman is Jennifer Logan. Jennifer's father had a secret that he buried before he died; Jennifer finds it: an object called a histeridae, and it has remarkable properties, including mind control. Unfortunately, the powers that be know she has found it, and they want it, meanwhile Jennifer finds all is not well with officialdom. Jennifer becomes hunted.The story now becomes a basic chase/escape story coupled with a quest of Jennifer's to find out what is going on. There is the odd "hole" in the story, but if you overlook those you have a genuinely imaginative and exciting story, well-written, and with one of the better long action sequences that I have seen. The book is the first in a series, but it has a very clean ending, and can be considered self-contained, but with an incentive to wait for the next one. Definitely recommended.

  • Sally
    2019-02-09 19:17

    I won this book on Goodreads today, what a lovely thing to wake up to. I cannot wait to receive it in the post (soon I hope) and start it!!The cover of this book looks amazing and I suppose it's what drew me into even entering the competition. As I haven't read nearly enough Sc-Fi books I can't wait to get stuck into it and see if I like them as much as I do Fantasy. The blurb after rereading it sounds just up my street with a bit of everything in it.I can't wait to try out Nick Jones as a new author and see what his writing and stories are like :Dok I received this book today 3days after I won it!! And my the cover is even better in real life! Not being an avid Sci-Fi reader (i love fantasy though) it probably would be the cover alone that would make me buy this book. However I'm wiling to try out new things every now and then.I have started it already just to see what it is like, I only meant to read the beginning but ended up reading 5chapters and it didn't feel like that much. I like the fact they are short chapters because it make the pace of the story feel fast and that goes well with the nature of this book.The story line has had me hooked from the first sentence with the writing style and most of all the action and characters.I'm not going to say much about the story as I don't want to spoil it too much but defiantly a must read if you like action, sci-fi, futuristic, detective stories with strong plot lines and good characters.

  • Scott Whitmore
    2019-02-01 21:17

    A fast-paced futuristic sci-fi techno-thriller with some truly interesting concepts, The Whisper of Stars is the debut novel of Nick Jones (@nickjoneswriter).After a brief prologue that raises questions that won't be answered until much later, the story skips ahead thirty-odd years to 2091. The future as envisioned by Mr. Jones is filled with cool technology but overshadowed by concerns about climate change and dwindling resources.With human survival in the balance, the solution seems to be Hibernation, with the population divided into lots so people alternate "sleeping" with remaining awake and active. Hibernation means people live much longer, and there are laws to protect the rights of those hibernating, but it wouldn't be much of a thriller if there wasn't something else going on, would it?London MI5 agent Jennifer Logan works in the Duality Division, tasked with enforcing Hibernation and rooting out illegal cloning and mind replication operations. In the aftermath of an operation gone bad, she meets Nathan O'Brien, a grieving widower searching for those responsible for the death of his investigative journalist wife.To say much more would spoil the fun for future readers. The story moves at a good pace, the action sequences are exciting and well described, and there are some mild twists along the way, too. All in all, I enjoyed reading The Whisper of Stars and will add the next book in the series to my To Read List.

  • Line Bookaholic
    2019-02-22 18:55

    I received this book in a Booklikes giveaway (and it is a signed copy!) Synopsis:The year is 2091. With accelerated warming and global population out of control, the survival of humanity hangs in the balance. On the brink of extinction, science delivers one last hope. Human hibernation.It took me a while to read this book, but it's because I read other books in between. It is not the kind of book I'm used to reading, but I liked this one. This book is really well written, it is captivating. As far as I'm concerned, I would have liked a little bit more world building, because it took me a few chapters to understand what was happening. But it may be because I usually read YA and I'm not used to more "complex" books.I really like Jen,  she discovers that the government she is fighting for has some dark secrets and she is ready to fight against it and change everything she has always believed in. I loved the concept of hibernation, I found this really interesting. I am curious to know what's going to happen in the next book. I gave this book 3/5, only because it is not the kind of story I really like. But this book was really well written. If you love Sci-Fi and thriller, you should definitely give it a try. 

  • Paul Trembling
    2019-01-27 21:18

    The background to this novel (first in a series) is well worked out and the idea is a good one - to deal with the threat of climate change, most of the human population is put into 'Hibernation'. That preserves resources, but as the story develops it's clear that there's another agenda in operation. The hi-tech details are fascinating and well used in the plot, and the action sequences are fast paced and absorbing. However, the pace overall is uneven. It lags a bit in some places, particularly in chapter 2, where there is a lot of background information dumped into the story in an unfortunate and rather clumsy way. More time could also have been given to character development: even the main characters failed to show much depth, and some seemed to have been brought in to the story just to meet the demands of the plot. A lot of potential here, and overall a good read, but it really needs more work on the details. The ending sets up the second in the series quite well, but I doubt if I shall be reading it.

  • Denise	Erdman
    2019-02-13 22:12

    This was the beginning of a series. It was excellent. I'd recommend it.I'd recommend this as a stand-alone and as the first in a series... It's a science and tech-based novel, where earth stands on the brink of natural crises and needs to make decisions on a global scale. Those decisions and their repercussions for the human populace are the basis of this plot. The heroine is a tough, hard-nosed cop in the future world, dealing with situations her father helped create. This is extremely well written and believable and one of the points always brought up by readers is "believable science/technology", and this is written in such a way that it isn't written in too much depth so that it's unbelievable, but enough that it's theory, not practice. I won't say anymore, because that would be spoiling things, but some of the steps they take to alleviate the stresses on earth's resources are extremely novel and uniquely scientific in their reach, making one wonder... could such measures as they, EVER be applied in the real world... in our world? Will they have to be?

  • Angela Fristoe
    2019-02-16 22:02

    The Whisper of Stars by Nick Jones is a futuristic sci-fy story with tons of action and thrills. From the very first page I was drawn into this futuristic world, mainly because Jones does such an amazing job at threading the world building into the action. There isn't a long drawn out narrative of what this world looks like or the differences between it and the time we are in. Instead, bits and pieces are woven into character dialogue and thoughts in a way that feels completely natural.If you are looking for an entertaining science fiction read, with mystery, betrayal, and great character development than I would recommend checking this book out. I am very interested to see where Jones takes this series in the next book!

  • Read Ng
    2019-02-19 15:15

    This was a Goodreads giveaway WIN!Just how does an ever increasing population share the finite resources of the Earth? The same way sailors "hot bunk" on a submarine, people go into forced hibernation. A very well crafted tale set in a climate and human population challenged future earth. Oh so credible, the world Nick Jones has brewed. But aside from the strange future world, this boils down to a action packed and suspenseful story. I was sucked into the story from start to finish. You'll be on the edge of your seat for the entire ride. It is a complete story on its own, but it leaves you just begging for more. I will be looking for more from Nick Jones. Just don't get in my way as I rush to buy my copy of the sequel.Have a Goodreads.

  • Ann
    2019-02-11 20:04

    I came across this book as a free download and I am so pleased that I did. I have since read all Nick Jones' other books. I can picture them all as films and hope that Nick does achieve success. I will not give a synopsis of the book, there are plenty of those to read. It was like a very up to date "1984" but with a lot more going on too. The characters are good and the pace is fast. I am sad that I have now caught up both with this series and the Downstream story. I am hoping that there will be a book 3 to follow The Embers of Hope and an episode 7 for the Downstream story. Download and start reading, you will not regret it. I couldn't stop once I began and hope I do not have too long to wait for more books.

  • Linda
    2019-02-18 17:57

    I'm rating this a 3.8. I enjoyed this book. The author categorized it a science fiction novel. I'm going to agree with him but I feel like it a sci-fi light book. So if you are one looking for the hard core sci-fi stuff, this book doesn't have that feel. Despite that, it was still a good book. Set in the future, the government is up to no good developing technology that could help or hinder mankind...who the book! I wish the link between why humans need to hibernate in the future due to global warming was explained a bit better, however it isn't too crazy you can't figure it all out. Ummm...what else to say about this book other than pick it up or pick up your kindle and read it. You won't be disappointed.

  • Kate
    2019-01-31 21:01

    Overall, a solid, enjoyable story, with good world-building and a very interesting idea. I loved the mixture of advanced technology, overpopulation and climate change. The story was fast-paced and action-packed and I liked the two main characters. I do wish that there had been more depth to the secondary characters, especially the main villains. I wanted to understand them better. In fact, I would have enjoyed getting to know Jennifer and Nathan better too. This is a relatively short novel with a lot of POVs and a lot of action, so there isn't a lot of time spent on character development. I wish we'd spent a bit more time on the characters. Hopefully that happens in the sequel.

  • Carol
    2019-01-26 19:13

    Awesome Sci-Fi. I'm so pleased to have found this on Amazon! Great characters and story line set in the future where humanity has truly reached the tipping point in destroying the earths ability to heal itself. I found this book entirely believable and possible. Nick Jones has an understanding of humanity that he has woven into the many characters. No one is all good or all evil. Most of us try to do the best we can, many fall into patterns of comfort just moving from day to day and a few have ego's big enough to presume what's best for everyone and exert influence whether legal or moral or not. And then there are thankfully those who seek truth above all.

  • Dawn
    2019-02-09 15:12

    I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads."The Whisper of Stars" is an enjoyable book. It is well written, interesting and innovative.I'm not usually one to go for novels containing "strong female characters" of this type, but Nick Jones has come up with a cracker in Jennifer Logan - she is totally believable, and while not entirely likeable (personal opinion!), I did find myself caring about what happened to her.The only downside of the book for me, was that there are no characters to really get attached to.I'm looking forward to the sequel which is due later this year.

  • Jim Seidman
    2019-02-04 17:04

    There was some good storytelling here, but all too often the setting was just preposterous. Most notably, there's a technological item that might as well be a magic artifact from a fantasy novel. And frankly, this might have worked better as a fantasy book. The idea of countries ceding control to the UN, or of the UN expending massive resources to build hibernation centers, or many other aspects are so divorced from reality as to not be credible as a near-future version of our Earth.While it was mildly entertaining, there's no way that I'm going to read another book in this series.

  • Jo
    2019-02-17 21:12

    Although it started quite slowly, once things got going it was hard to put down, and this author really knows how to write a cracking ending to make you want more while still bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion. The futuristic setting was quite well done with a government conspiracy to unravel but also other more everyday inventions and extrapolations such as self driving vehicles and mind chips. I liked the heroine and her back story but didn't find her abilities and actions believable all the time. I'm tempted to read others in the series mainly on the strength of the ending.

  • Kay
    2019-02-16 23:01

    There’s something about this book. It’s set in the future, but it’s not ‘sci-fi’. It’s a thriller, but it is packed to the rim with mystery and an almost spiritual depth in places. Jen is on a mission, so is Nathan; their paths cross in a time of hibernation and global upheaval, but while their lives start to intertwine it doesn’t evolve in the way you might expect.I absolutely loved it and I couldn’t put it down. Can we have the next book soon please… or make this one into a movie? Or both? ☺

  • Alisha Torres
    2019-02-21 21:58

    Fantastic! The story is full of all the elements that make for a great sci-fi/fantasy book, and still managed to throw in adventure and mystery for good measure. Story came together very well. Author wrote an extremely unique vision of the future. The devil is in the details, I always say, and the author was a devil! Attention to detail is evident in every chapter. Well written, well laid, and thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Clorie
    2019-02-20 17:56

    I really need the next book or books finished now haha. Hate waiting and I want to know what happens. Plus it's refreshing to see an author do what he did in this book. I'm sad but it made it interesting.However the typos and unfinished characters was disconcerting. This has potential should he develop the world and not jump through the story. I will read the next and let my book club knows how it ends. Haha