This is one rip roaring great ride … urh, read. And I can’t believe it is a debut!
The characters are fully encapsulating and the action is pretty unique, plus, non-stop. Throw in some enigmatic missing aliens, a high tech “elevator” (space tether) that goes from Earth to orbit, a plague that wipes out most of the human race… whew! How does one get the climbing buggies started anyway?
I can’t get out of my head some of the descriptive images of Hough’s story. You find yourself rooting for the good guys (the humans) and booing the bad guys (the humans).
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 planetâ€™s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevatorâ€”created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Buildersâ€”emits a plague-suppressing aura. — tyson
I couldn’t help but think how much Hough’s story telling seems to feel like a combination of the rapid-fire action and memorable characters associated with the TV series Firefly and the rich, deep caricature creation of Bacigalupi. I always remember the words “a tour-de-force”… when the old time black and white movies came on TV when I was a kid in the 1050s. Now I know what they really mean.
What is even more unique is that there are three novels being released in a fast pace format in just a few months… I can’t wait for August’s installment. Jul. Aug. Sept. that may not be fast enough! It truly captured my imagination and even though one will find references to other Sci-Fi greats the inference is “tongue-in-cheek” rather than overwhelming. Grab yourself a copy, meet Amazon at the mailbox, get your lady to gift you this marvelous adventure.
Synopsis: “Full of compelling characters and thick with tension” … “Claustrophobic, intense, and satisfying. I couldn’t put this book down” …
“The Darwin Elevator forces you to read with held breath” …
“written with irresistible energy and gritty realism blending a convincing plot with heart-stopping action” …
⇢ I couldn’t have said better myself
I am completely thrilled with this book. It is just so rich, it might replace chocolate.
(and you know how impossible that would be.)