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The Darwin Elevator
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Jason M. Hough is a software designer and former 3D artist and game designer, developing such titles as Metal Fatigue and Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction. The Darwin Elevator is his first novel. He lives in San Diego with his wife and two sons.

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In this impressive first installment of a planned trilogy, mysterious aliens plant the lower end of a space elevator deep into Darwin, on the northwestern coast of Australia. Five years later, a virus breaks out, leaving Earth denuded of all but scattered remnants of feral "subhumans." Proximity to the elevator provides immunity for human survivors living in Darwin and along the elevator itself. A small number of those survivors are naturally immune to the virus, including Skyler Luiken, a Han Solo-like aircraft captain who scours the infected Earth for salvageable bits of civilization. The credible dystopian setting is peopled with sympathetic and improbably beautiful heroes and heroines who are forced by circumstance to take arms against a power-hungry prefect and a corporate tycoon willing to betray his planet for personal gain. 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. Agent: Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

An alien plague has transformed most of humanity into mindless savages. Only the Australian city of Darwin remains a haven for the survivors, protected by a space elevator built by the departing aliens that emits a plague-suppressing aura. Piloted by Skylar Luiken, who is immune to the plague, the airship Melville conducts exploratory salvage missions to collect essential resources, but malfunctions in the Elevator force Luiken, his crew, and a brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharmam, to seek a technological solution-a journey that takes them to the heart of the alien's master plan for humankind. VERDICT 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 J. S. Corey's "Expanse" series (see above). Second and third volumes (The Exodus Towers; The Plague Forge) are slated for publication this August and September; space-opera fans should take advantage of the opportunity to read the entire series as a whole. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"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 J. S. 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 br

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