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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 on the earth. the realm has succumbed to an alien plague, with lots of the inhabitants reworked into senseless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, the place an area elevator—created via the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.
 
Skyler Luiken has a unprecedented immunity to the plague. sponsored by way of a global team of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the damaging desert past the aura’s facet to discover the assets Darwin must stave off cave in. but if the Elevator starts off to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the bright scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to clear up the secret of the failing alien know-how and keep the ragged remnants of humanity.

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“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 noteworthy characters linked to Joss Whedon’s short-lived Firefly television sequence with the accessibility and clinical 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 gives you either melancholy and wish besides a huge dose of ask yourself. It’s a terrific debut, and Hough can take my cash every time he writes something from now on.”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling writer of The Iron Druid Chronicles
 
“Newcomer Hough monitors a expertise for ingenious 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 a very good activity with this large tale. the area of Darwin and the Elevator is deliciously complicated and enjoyable. Skyler, Tania, and the entire 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 whatever specified. whatever iconic. The Darwin Elevator is filled with majesty and beauty, secret and mayhem, colourful characters and insidious schemes.”SF Signal
 
“Fun, action-packed and enjoyable . . . a convinced contender for technological know-how fiction debut of the year!”Pat’s delusion Hotlist
 
“Claustrophobic, extreme, and enjoyable . . . I couldn’t placed this booklet down. The Darwin Elevator depicts a terrifying global, 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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Smiling, he spread out one other duffel bag from his pack and dropped the weapon inside of. every thing on most sensible of the table went into the bag: console, smooth display screen, and an old school keyboard. regardless of being caked with dirt they can nonetheless fetch a superb sum. Then he acquired down on his palms and knees to examine the world lower than the table. all the a number of energy and laptop cables went into his bag. On a bookshelf at the back of the useless scientist, Skyler discovered a framed picture. He wiped the airborne dirt and dust from it. the picture confirmed 4 males in informal garments, smiling in entrance of the observatory. have been jap, the 3rd a good-looking Indian fellow. The fourth Skyler famous. “I’ll be damned,” he stated to himself. The final guy was once Neil Platz, the enterprise multi-millionaire who had owned such a lot of Darwin, and the vast majority of orbit, ahead of the affliction got here. Skyler flipped the body round and coaxed the image out. A date at the again indicated 2260, a ribbon-cutting rite. The bastard had his arms in every thing again then, Skyler suggestion. On a whim he folded the image and slipped it into his jacket pocket. Then he discovered a pitcher bottle were hidden at the back of the body, full of an amber liquid. “Well, well,” he acknowledged. The light label stated Lagavulin Whisky, dated greater than 5 a long time earlier. And, extra very important, unopened. simply the kind of factor he may possibly supply to a Nightcliff inspector to show a blind eye. Jake’s voice interrupted him. “How’s it getting into there? ” “Decent,” stated Skyler. “We’re within the files room now. One rotting corpse is ready it thus far. ” “How for much longer? ” Jake requested. “Why, anything mistaken? ” “Something’s dull. ” Takai stepped into the entrance, frowning, protecting a small, beige info dice box. “Just a moment,” Skyler stated, pleasure surging inside. He raised his eyebrows at Takai. “Excellent! came across them already? ” “Numbers fit, yet cubes are lacking. ” He became the empty box for Skyler to determine. In that fast Skyler’s pleasure crashed. His knees buckled, forcing him to lean at the table. “You’re certain? Searched the complete room? ” Takai nodded, his face a masks. Skyler took a protracted, deep breath. “Were the other cubes lacking? ” “No,” Takai stated. Sitting at the fringe of the useless man’s table, Skyler hung his head. He doubted one other staff had crushed them right here. wealthy Orbitals occasionally employed a number of crews to extend their possibilities, however the position appeared another way untouched. No, much more likely the intel used to be undesirable. previous, outmoded, or simply simple wishful pondering on a few Orbital’s half. the result was once an analogous. one other failed venture, and worse—one in line with the restoration of a unmarried, important merchandise. A undertaking on which he’d staked his very activity. Salvage what you could, he advised himself. not less than he may possibly depart the others with out a debt. “Looks like we’re shit out of luck,” Skyler stated into his communicator. “Smash and seize, all people. whatever of worth. ” He heard Samantha curse within the hallway open air. She kicked whatever. Jake’s voice was once faint over static. “I’ll manage pickup with Angus. ” Skyler shook the failed project from his brain.

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