The Darwin Elevator (Dire Earth Cycle)
Jason M. Hough
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Jason M. Hough’s pulse-pounding debut combines the drama, swagger, and vibrant characters of Joss Whedon’s Firefly with the expertise of sci-fi writer John Scalzi.
within the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands because the final human urban on the earth. the area has succumbed to an alien plague, with many of the inhabitants reworked into senseless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, the place an area elevator—created by means of the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.
Skyler Luiken has a unprecedented immunity to the plague. subsidized through a global workforce of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the harmful barren region past the aura’s area to discover the assets Darwin must stave off cave in. but if the Elevator begins to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the intense scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to resolve the secret of the failing alien expertise and shop the ragged remnants of humanity.
Praise for The Darwin Elevator
“A hell of a enjoyable book.”—James S. A. Corey, New York instances bestselling writer of Abaddon’s Gate
“[Jason M.] Hough’s first novel combines the rapid-fire motion and remarkable characters linked to Joss Whedon’s short-lived Firefly television sequence with the accessibility and medical acumen of [James S. A.] Corey’s ‘Expanse’ series.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“The better part approximately alien tales is their secret, and Jason Hough is aware that like no different. Full of compelling characters and thick with tension, The Darwin Elevator can provide either depression and wish besides a big dose of ask yourself. It’s a outstanding debut, and Hough can take my funds at any time when he writes something from now on.”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling writer of The Iron Druid Chronicles
“Newcomer Hough monitors a expertise for creative plotting and real looking discussion, and the brisk pacing and cliffhanger finishing will preserve readers enthralled and eagerly looking ahead to the following installment.”—Publishers Weekly
“Jason M. Hough does a very good activity with this massive tale. the area of Darwin and the Elevator is deliciously advanced and pleasing. Skyler, Tania, and all of the different characters are delightfully drawn and enjoyable to spend time with. . . . the tale unfolds with simply the correct stability of excessive experience, espionage, humor, and emotional truth. . . . once you end, you’ll wish more.”—Analog
“A debut novel in contrast to any other . . . this can be whatever specified. whatever iconic. The Darwin Elevator is filled with majesty and sweetness, secret and mayhem, colourful characters and insidious schemes.”—SF Signal
“Fun, action-packed and unique . . . a definite contender for technology fiction debut of the year!”—Pat’s myth Hotlist
“Claustrophobic, severe, and fulfilling . . . I couldn’t positioned this publication down. The Darwin Elevator depicts a terrifying international, suspends it from a fragile thread, and forces you to learn with held breath as you expect the inevitable fall.”—Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling writer of Wool
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thought he’d spent years cultivating in her. refined tricks and recommendations, dropped casually. the belief needed to be hers, and she’d eventually come to it. the complete company used to be a big gamble. An epic gamble. Neil knew this. He’d accredited it and moved on, pushed now not via her blameless hypothesis, yet by way of the chances of what got here subsequent. His mind's eye fueled the remainder. He stopped as soon as, on the door of a crewman who’d begged out of the cardboard online game as a result of an disappointed belly. The terrible bastard had floated from the.
observed. He knew approximately coilguns: equipped to be used in areas the place flames have been anything to prevent in any respect expenditures. Magnetized coils contained in the physique propelled designated bullets that wouldn’t spark. No combustion and little flinch. deadly at shut diversity, yet secure inside of an area station. a number of crates of the guns have been appropriately tucked away within Hab-8, although Kelly stated the danger of fireplace from a standard gun was once truly relatively low, and so they don't need to hassle. yet Warthen’s humans had rules to comply to.
a series of six pictures, in order that shall we become aware of movement.” “This will take ages,” Natalie stated. “What if we wrote a software to immediately scour those for anomalies? Greg may perhaps knock that out in his sleep.” Tania shook her head. “We’ve received one already, fairly refined. however it sucks up all of the compute assets, which might fairly trigger a few alarms.” “Damn.” “I be aware of. Let’s keep that for a final resort.” Tania chosen the 1st yellow field and an ocean of stars crammed the 3.
Cursed himself for relinquishing strength within the first position. Time to place the entire playing cards at the desk, he determined. sooner than it’s too past due. He couldn't stay up for Tania’s research to be accomplished. anything approached. for that reason whatever needed to be performed. Neil determined to paintings below the idea that one other send could arrive over Darwin. no matter if it got here to fix the unique, or exchange it, or for another objective was once very unlikely to understand. could stay very unlikely until eventually it used to be too overdue to behave. He had.