BOOK REVIEW: The Age Atomic

TheAgeAtomic-144dpi-675x1024The sequel to the stunning debut novel by Adam Christopher has arrived, and we find out if the author has built upon his novel idea and delivered a worthy next chapter.




The Empire State is dying. The Fissure connecting the pocket universe to New York has vanished, plunging the city into a deep freeze and the populace are demanding a return to Prohibition and rationing as energy supplies dwindle.

Meanwhile, in 1954 New York, the political dynamic has changed and Nimrod finds his department subsumed by a new group, Atoms For Peace, led by the mysterious Evelyn McHale.

As Rad uncovers a new threat to his city, Atoms For Peace prepare their army for a transdimensional invasion. Their goal: total conquest – or destruction – of the Empire State.


Christopher starts this book with a bang quite literally as we catch up with our hero from the first book. Rad Bradley in yet another tight situation. I was worried how quickly I would be able to relax into the second book but I found myself hooked from the first chapter and could not wait to find out what happens next. The majority of the world building was done in book one, as you would expect, so in this follow-up he jumps straight into the new overall mystery – and this time its robots. Big 1950’s style robots but with a street slang way of talking. I was grinning from ear to ear knowing how much I was going to enjoy this book.

It has been a while since the end of the first book and some characters are still around and others missing. There are some very interesting new characters that aren’t always what they appear to be. We spend more time in the real New York in this book than we did in the first and you get a real sense of the alternating universes rather like the TV show Fringe and it works excellently.

We get a real sense of danger from a new threat based in New York that wants to take over the Empire State and the build-up is tense and rapid. Christopher has made sure that new readers get a quick overview of what has gone before but for the most part he keeps the pace moving a faster rate in this book which works because it feels like there is larger battle just around the corner.

The Empire State still feels the same but we also get some hints and teases of what lays beyond the mist of the Empire State. Are there other cities? Who did they go to war with? We get some answer but on the whole we got a lot more questions that I hope he will reveal in the next book which I am quite sure will be heading our way in the not so distant future.

There are a lot less superhero antics, but that is not to say we don’t get anyone with super powers or that people do not get suited up but I just feel that each book looks at something different while building on the previous one.

A sequel can go two ways, good or bad and in this I would love to say that this is Adam’s Empire Strikes Back, but I personally liked Star Wars better than Empire. Here, the first book was deep full of mystery and intrigue but book two has action, mystery and a lot of cool fun that will keep you smiling.

So overall we have a sequel that not only delivers but shows how comfortable the author has become in his creation, delivering what can only be describing as a fun atomic rollercoaster of a ride that is begging for more.

Long Live the Empire State!


GS Rating: 5/5
Revie: Montoya


UK Print

Date: 4th April 2013
ISBN: 9780857663139
Format: Medium Paperback
R.R.P.: £8.99

US/CAN Print
Date: 26th March 2013
ISBN: 9780857663146
Format: Large Paperback
R.R.P.: US$14.99 CAN$16.99

Date: 26th March 2013
ISBN: 9780857663153
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99

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