The Darwin Elevator

The Darwin Elevator

Book - 2013
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Jason 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
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2013
ISBN: 9780345537126
Branch Call Number: FIC HOUGH
Characteristics: 480 p


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Jun 26, 2016

An interesting premise, but The Darwin Elevator failed to grab me. I kept wishing for more depth to the story.

Apr 04, 2016

An original and thrilling post-apocalyptic story. Having read the two subsequent books in the Dire Earth Cycle trilogy, this author's debut novel is a must-read. Even better, all three books in this series were published simultaneously, meaning that you don't have to wait years to read the remainder of the story.

Apr 04, 2016

This first book is the best of the trilogy. The series is action-packed and has a really interesting premise, but unfortunately Hough fails to pull off a satisfactory conclusion.

Jan 31, 2015

Interesting book with good character development. Some was predictable, but much was fresh. A different apocalyptic setting than usual with different villains, strategies and resources.

Oct 01, 2014

A great series that is a great science fiction read. Hard to put down.

Only the ending of the "dire earth cycle" is weak; the rest is well crafted

Feb 05, 2014

I am looking forward to the next installment in this series. The good guys and bad guys are pretty black and white but I really want to find out what is really going on with the aliens.

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