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The Darwin Elevator - Jason M. Hough
The Darwin Elevator
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERJason M. Hough’s pulse-pounding debut combines the drama, swagger, and vivid characters of Joss Whedon’s Firefly with the talent of sci-fi author John Scalzi.   In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to... show more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERJason M. Hough’s pulse-pounding debut combines the drama, swagger, and vivid characters of Joss Whedon’s Firefly with the talent of sci-fi author John Scalzi.   In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator—created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.   Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura’s edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity.Praise for The Darwin Elevator   “[Jason M.] Hough’s first novel combines the rapid-fire action and memorable characters associated with Joss Whedon’s short-lived Firefly TV series with the accessibility and scientific acumen of J. S. Corey’s ‘Expanse’ series.”—Library Journal (starred review)   “The best part about alien stories is their mystery, and Jason Hough understands that like no other. Full of compelling characters and thick with tension, The Darwin Elevator delivers both despair and hope along with a gigantic dose of wonder. It’s a brilliant debut, and Hough can take my money whenever he writes anything from now on.”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles   “Newcomer Hough displays a talent for imaginative plotting and realistic dialogue, and the brisk pacing and cliffhanger ending will keep readers enthralled and eagerly awaiting the next installment.”—Publishers Weekly   “Jason M. Hough does a great job with this huge story. The world of Darwin and the Elevator is deliciously complex and satisfying. Skyler, Tania, and all the other characters are delightfully drawn and fun to spend time with. . . . The story unfolds with just the right balance of high adventure, espionage, humor, and emotional truth. . . . As soon as you finish, you’ll want more.”—Analog   “A debut novel unlike any other . . . This is something special. Something iconic. The Darwin Elevator is full of majesty and wonder, mystery and mayhem, colorful characters and insidious schemes.”—SF Signal   “Fun, action-packed and entertaining . . . a sure contender for science fiction debut of the year!”—Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist   “Claustrophobic, intense, and satisfying . . . I couldn’t put this book down. The Darwin Elevator depicts a terrifying world, suspends it from a delicate thread, and forces you to read with held breath as you anticipate the inevitable fall.”—Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool   “Hough writes with irresistible energy and gritty realism. His puts his characters through hell, blending a convincing plot with heart-stopping action and moments of raw terror as the world goes crazy in the shadow of unfathomable alien intentions.”—Sara Creasy, author of the Philip K. Dick Award–nominated Song of Scarabaeus
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780345537126 (0345537122)
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 472
Edition language: English
Series: Dire Earth Cycle (#1)
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Darlene Marshall, author
Darlene Marshall, author rated it
4.0 The Darwin Elevator
I enjoyed it. Solid world-building, interesting SF premise, plenty of action and plot development to keep me turning pages. Character development was the weakest area, but things perked up at the end, enough to make me feel somewhat invested in individual characters. I'm looking forward to the nex...
Princess Eva Rose
Princess Eva Rose rated it
1.0 More womens with guns and sword please!
When I was a little girl, this was some time ago, and I turned on the TV, all the shows where populated with male heroes who wielded swords and guns and always, always, always saved a woman who was in distress. Even at a young age this made me angry. I wanted the girl to get up, picked up a gun and ...
traciloudin
traciloudin rated it
4.0 The Darwin Elevator
I love post-apocalyptic scifi, and from that perspective, this book stands out. Surprisingly, it's also a zombie book, but offers a slightly different breed of zombies, created by something the mysterious aliens who dropped off the elevator did. The worldbuilding is well developed, but as others hav...
allisoninouye
allisoninouye rated it
4.0 The Darwin Elevator
I received this through the GoodReads first reads program.I really enjoyed this book. I never thought of myself as a science fiction fan. I generally dislike books based in space, but this book took place in space and on land and was a perfect high-tech apocalyptic book.It kept me engrossed to the v...
Jessica (HDB)
Jessica (HDB) rated it
3.0 The Darwin Elevator
Genre: Science Fiction Recommended to: Readers who really enjoy science fiction and world building in their reads. First Thoughts: The Darwin Elevator caught me up in its premise initially. Anything compared to Josh Whedon and John Scalzi makes me take notice. I expected some action, space travel...
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