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The hunt is on for the mysterious keys left by the alien Builders. While Skyler s team of immune scavengers scatters around the disease-ravaged globe in search of the artifacts, Skyler himself finds much more than he expected in the African desert, where he stumbles upon surprising Builder relics and thousands of bloodthirsty subhumans. From the slums and fortresses of Darwin to the jungles of Brazil and beyond, Skyler and company are in for a wild ride, jam-packed with daunting challenges, run-and-gun adventure, and unexpected betrayals all in a race against time to finally answer the great questions that have plagued humanity for decades: Who are the Builders, and what do they want with Earth?
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"
- ISBN-13: 9780345537164
- ISBN-10: 0345537165
- Publisher: Del Rey Books
- Publish Date: September 2013
- Page Count: 431
- Dimensions: 7.49 x 4.39 x 1.08 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds
Series: Dire Earth Cycle #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-06
- Reviewer: Staff
The final installment of Hough’s Dire Earth Cycle (after The Exodus Towers) maintains the rapid pace of its predecessors. A new alien ship appears in orbit above Earth, and three teams of heroes race around the globe to retrieve the five "keys" to the ship. There are cliffhangers to keep things interesting as plucky humans battle souped-up subhumans and contend with assorted bad guys along the way, and the action soon overshadows the alien mysteries that lie at the heart of this story. While fans will undoubtedly be sorry to see the series end, readers who hoped everything would fall into place will be disappointed. For example, there is no explanation for why retrieving the alien artifacts is in humanity’s best interests, or why the heroes eventually have to be forced, under threat of violence, to do what they planned to do all along. The long-awaited explanation for the motivation of the alien Builders, who gave Earth both highly advanced technology and a plague, feels like an afterthought, rendering the finale wholly unsatisfying. (Oct.)