The Darwin elevator

Jason M. Hough

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Series
Hough, Jason M. Dire Earth cycle ; 1.
Subjects
Genres
Science fiction
Dystopias
Published
New York : Ballantine Books 2013.
Edition
Del Rey mass market edition
Language
English
Item Description
"Del Rey"--Spine.
Physical Description
480 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
ISBN
9780345537126
0345537122
Main Author
Jason M. Hough (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

An alien plague has transformed most of humanity into mindless savages. Only the Australian city of Darwin remains a haven for the survivors, protected by a space elevator built by the departing aliens that emits a plague-suppressing aura. Piloted by Skylar Luiken, who is immune to the plague, the airship Melville conducts exploratory salvage missions to collect essential resources, but malfunctions in the Elevator force Luiken, his crew, and a brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharmam, to seek a technological solution—a journey that takes them to the heart of the alien's master plan for humankind. VERDICT 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 (see above). Second and third volumes (The Exodus Towers; The Plague Forge) are slated for publication this August and September; space-opera fans should take advantage of the opportunity to read the entire series as a whole. [Page 57]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this impressive first installment of a planned trilogy, mysterious aliens plant the lower end of a space elevator deep into Darwin, on the northwestern coast of Australia. Five years later, a virus breaks out, leaving Earth denuded of all but scattered remnants of feral "subhumans." Proximity to the elevator provides immunity for human survivors living in Darwin and along the elevator itself. A small number of those survivors are naturally immune to the virus, including Skyler Luiken, a Han Solo–like aircraft captain who scours the infected Earth for salvageable bits of civilization. The credible dystopian setting is peopled with sympathetic and improbably beautiful heroes and heroines who are forced by circumstance to take arms against a power-hungry prefect and a corporate tycoon willing to betray his planet for personal gain. 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. Agent: Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A tale set in a post-apocalypse 23rd-century Australia traces the adventures of a group of immune survivors of an alien plague that has transformed the world's populations into mindless savages, recounting their harrowing efforts to collect dwindling resources and tap alien technology to save the ragged remnants of humanity. Original. A first novel.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In twenty-third-century Australia, a group of immune survivors of an alien plague recounts its harrowing efforts to collect dwindling resources and tap alien technology to save the remnants of humanity.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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 “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