I really enjoyed this book. The story revolves around two situations. First, we have an astronomer named Augustine who has elected to stay at an Arctic scientific station after a hasty evacuation of the other staff. He discovers a companion and then the rest of the planet goes dark. There are no communications, no radio signals – nothing.
Second, we have the crew of the first spaceship to visit Jupiter. The main character in this portion of the story is Sully. The ship is returning and during the voyage home Mission Control in Houston stops communicating. Just as with the Arctic astronomer, the Earth goes dark.
For a while I was annoyed that we do not find out what calamity has affected the Earth. But the more I read, the less I cared. That’s not what the story is about. It’s about the inner journey the characters take as they deal with the loss of all they knew on Earth. They each learn what is really important.
There’s an interesting, but somewhat predictable twist. The book totally engrossed me. It was very well written. I recommend it.