By Jason M. Hough
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Jason M. Hough’s pulse-pounding debut combines the drama, swagger, and bright 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 in the world. the realm 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 through the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.
Skyler Luiken has an extraordinary immunity to the plague. subsidized through a world team 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 bright scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to clear up 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 occasions 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 familiar with that like no different. Full of compelling characters and thick with tension, The Darwin Elevator grants either depression and desire besides a big dose of ask yourself. It’s a very good 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 inventive plotting and reasonable discussion, and the brisk pacing and cliffhanger finishing will continue readers enthralled and eagerly expecting the subsequent installment.”—Publishers Weekly
“Jason M. Hough does an exceptional activity with this large 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 event, espionage, humor, and emotional truth. . . . once you end, you’ll wish more.”—Analog
“A debut novel not like any other . . . this is often anything distinct. anything iconic. The Darwin Elevator is filled with majesty and beauty, secret and mayhem, colourful characters and insidious schemes.”—SF Signal
“Fun, action-packed and pleasing . . . a convinced contender for technological know-how fiction debut of the year!”—Pat’s myth Hotlist
“Claustrophobic, severe, and gratifying . . . I couldn’t placed this ebook down. The Darwin Elevator depicts a terrifying international, suspends it from a fragile thread, and forces you to learn with held breath as you count on the inevitable fall.”—Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling writer of Wool
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It felt reliable, if mildly distracting. Tania did her top to disregard it and redoubled her specialise in the photographs. A dozen extra sequences glided by with none symptoms of movement. “Wait. move back,” Natalie acknowledged. Tania stopped the series and rolled again during the photos slowly. “Stop. concentrate on the second from the left. ” Tania stared at a wonderfully standard photo of stars opposed to the clean void of area. “What is it, Nat? ” “In the corner,” Natalie stated, pointing. within the backside left, approximately off the sting of the body, she observed a gloomy grey item, approximately invisible opposed to the black historical past. certainly misplaced. Tania chosen the picture to extend it throughout all 3 monitors. She adjusted the site to maneuver the grey speck into the guts, and rolled during the series. The blurry item moved through the years, not like the history stars. “I’ll be damned! ” Natalie acknowledged. Tania frowned. “It should be an asteroid or whatever. ” “Argh! You’re any such pessimist. It’s the developers! ” Tania did imagine the grey blob vaguely resembled the form of the shell send. “We must be definite ahead of contacting Neil. Let’s activity the telescope for a high-res shot at the subsequent cross. ” Natalie bounced on her ft. “This is fantastic! They’re again, and on a few form of time table! ” “We’ll see,” Tania stated. It took all her strength of will to stave off Natalie’s infectious enthusiasm. honestly her intestine had already reached an analogous end Natalie voiced. probabilities, and their ramifications, swarmed her brain. All paths resulted in an identical position, even though: Their global might swap, back. “We’ll see,” she repeated, for herself. Gateway Station 7. FEB. 2283 NEIL PLATZ STRODE throughout the double doorways of the council chambers. He paused lengthy sufficient to reserve his entourage to stay open air. a wide convention room served because the council’s assembly position, ruled by way of an extended oblong desk and twenty high-backed leather-based chairs. A Platz Industries signature window ruled the a long way wall. the remainder of the council already sat on the desk, engaged in quiet dialog, ready. The chairs at both finish of the desk have been left empty, a customized. within the outdated days, Neil and his brother, Zane, could sit down at both finish. Now that they had to sit down as equals to the others. A foolish swap, but one the upstart council had vehemently demanded. lately, the council had taken to assembly just once some other month. the problems have been consistently an identical: How a lot nutrition may possibly we ship down, how a lot water and air may they ship up? “Am I the final to reach? ” he requested of nobody specifically. Michael Carney, head of immigration, frowned. “Some people were ready part an hour. ” “Good Lord, how did you live to tell the tale? I see you didn’t hotel to consuming your assistants. ” the opposite participants grew to become at his raised voice. that they had each one introduced one or secretaries. stone-faced guards, in simple outfits, framed Alex Warthen. “I’ve bought a killer at the loose,” the safety director stated. “How approximately we dispense with the chitchat and start, eh? ” “Agreed. Now that we’re all right here, let’s begin,” Sofia Windon stated in her even, cool voice.