The sudden appearance of a second space elevator in Brazil only deepens the mystery about the aliens who provided it: the Builders. Read more...
The sudden appearance of a second space elevator in Brazil only deepens the mystery about the aliens who provided it: the Builders. Scavenger crew captain Skyler Luiken and brilliant scientist Dr. Tania Sharma have formed a colony around the new Elevator s base, utilizing mobile towers to protect humans from the Builders plague. But they are soon under attack from a roving band of plague-immune soldiers. Cut off from the colony, Skyler must wage a one-man war against the new threat as well as murderous subhumans and thugs from Darwin all while trying to solve the puzzle of the Builders master plan . . . before it s too late for the last vestiges of humanity.
Praise for The Darwin Elevator
A hell of a fun book. James S. A. Corey, New York Times bestselling author of Abaddon s Gate
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 James S. A.] 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"
- ISBN-13: 9780345537140
- ISBN-10: 0345537149
- Publisher: Del Rey Books
- Publish Date: August 2013
- Page Count: 544
Series: Dire Earth Cycle #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-03-30
- Reviewer: Staff
Hough's second Dire Earth Cycle SF thriller (following The Darwin Elevator) more than lives up to the promise of its predecessor. The alien Builders inflicted a deadly plague on Earth, along with technology—space elevators and movable towers—that provide immunity from the virus. Now a new human colony faces a number of crises, and looming above them all is the knowledge that the mysterious Builders are scheduled to return within two years. Dashing scavenger Skyler Luiken and beautiful scientist Tania Sharma race against the clock—though clocks are increasingly unreliable—to be ready for the encounter. Events speed up dizzyingly toward the end, and a subplot involving a dangerous cult is overly long. However, Hough knows how to hook his readers with action, intrigue, and sympathetic characters, and fans of the first book will be enthralled. (Sept.)