The Darwin Elevator (Dire Earth Cycle)

By Jason M. Hough

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Jason M. Hough’s pulse-pounding debut combines the drama, swagger, and vibrant 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 remodeled 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 via a world staff of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the harmful barren region past the aura’s side 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 remedy the secret of the failing alien expertise and store the ragged remnants of humanity.

Praise for The Darwin Elevator
 
“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 remarkable 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 knows that like no different. Full of compelling characters and thick with tension, The Darwin Elevator gives you either melancholy and wish in addition to a big dose of ask yourself. It’s a wonderful debut, and Hough can take my funds at any time when he writes whatever from now on.”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling writer of The Iron Druid Chronicles
 
“Newcomer Hough monitors a expertise for ingenious plotting and practical discussion, and the brisk pacing and cliffhanger finishing will retain readers enthralled and eagerly waiting for the following installment.”Publishers Weekly
 
“Jason M. Hough does an excellent task with this large tale. the realm of Darwin and the Elevator is deliciously complicated and pleasant. 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 experience, espionage, humor, and emotional truth. . . . once you end, you’ll wish more.”Analog
 
A debut novel not like any other . . . this is often anything particular. anything iconic. The Darwin Elevator is filled with majesty and sweetness, 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 delusion Hotlist
 
“Claustrophobic, severe, and gratifying . . . I couldn’t placed this publication 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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