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By Jason M. Hough


Jason M. Hough’s pulse-pounding debut combines the drama, swagger, and brilliant 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 many of the inhabitants remodeled into senseless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, the place an area elevator—created by means of the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.
Skyler Luiken has an extraordinary immunity to the plague. sponsored via a world staff of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the damaging desolate tract past the aura’s aspect to discover the assets Darwin must stave off cave in. but if the Elevator begins to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the intense scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to resolve the secret of the failing alien know-how and store 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 medical 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 huge dose of ask yourself. It’s a excellent debut, and Hough can take my funds each 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 life like discussion, and the brisk pacing and cliffhanger finishing will continue readers enthralled and eagerly expecting the following installment.”Publishers Weekly
“Jason M. Hough does a very good activity with this massive 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 in contrast to any other . . . this is often anything exact. whatever iconic. The Darwin Elevator is filled with majesty and sweetness, secret and mayhem, colourful characters and insidious schemes.”SF Signal
“Fun, action-packed and wonderful . . . a convinced contender for technology fiction debut of the year!”Pat’s fable Hotlist
“Claustrophobic, severe, and enjoyable . . . 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 expect the inevitable fall.”—Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling writer of Wool

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We’re safe on pad four,” acknowledged Angus. “Copy, Melville,” got here the voice. “Off engines and get ready for crane connect. ” Angus repeated the order and minimize strength to all 4 of the ducted-fan engines. in the back of their send, an previous building crane fastened on large treads started to method them. Skyler might simply see the mechanical beast over his shoulder. He got rid of his helmet because the engines wound down. “Sam? ” “Yes, sir! ” “Be critical now. Prep the hook, and inform Jake to be prepared on the rear door. ” “Expecting a seek earlier than the project? ” “No. We’re taking over a passenger. ” Angus glanced again, stunned. “What? ” “The hell you are saying? ” Sam requested. “Not the time, guys,” Skyler stated. Platz, in terms of Prumble, have been very transparent that the venture information could be saved mystery so long as attainable. “Sam, the hook, please? ” “This is a truly silly fucking flow, Skyler,” she stated. “No taxi jobs, that’s constantly been the guideline. The risk—” “Is definitely worth the reward,” Skyler barked. “This isn't up for dialogue. ” He took her loss of reaction as tacit acknowledgment and became his concentration to the water hauler at the adjoining touchdown pad. via a misting rain Skyler observed a piece workforce donning blue overalls drawing close the large craft. one among them, within the middle of the crowd, moved another way than the remainder. No swagger, Skyler discovered. That has to be her. “Jake,” Skyler acknowledged into his headset. there has been a few rustling at the different finish. “Go forward. ” “Be prepared at the hatch. Open it on my mark. ” “Understood,” Jake acknowledged. The team approached pad 3, the place the large water hauler rested. The ungainly blue airplane a bit resembled a fish skeleton—a large empty hollow space at the back of the cockpit, surrounded by way of beams with certain couplings that allowed it to select up and hold a water box the dimensions of a urban bus. of the staff wrangled a thick hose towards a receptacle at the fringe of the pad. They either acquired on palms and knees to examine the relationship, poring over each final inch of it. Skyler had visible greater performing in class performs. a 3rd member of the workforce pretended to oversee the paintings, his realization centred no longer at the team however the within sight constructions. The fourth Skyler saved an in depth watch on. “Here’s the crane,” Angus stated. Skyler spun in his seat, seeking to the opposite facet of his send. a wide development crane driven during the mist, purple caution lighting flashing. It loomed over them, obstructing no matter what view the regulate tower had in their send. “Hook is prepped,” Samantha acknowledged in his ear. Skyler acknowledged, “Good. support Jake please. ” “With what? ” “Get our visitor on board,” Skyler stated, “and the hatch closed, speedy as you could. ” He attempted to maintain his voice even. inside of his middle hammered. He may perhaps pay attention Samantha’s exhale throughout the headset. “And if we get inspected back, excellent chief? ” He hadn’t thought of that. “We’ll say … we chanced on an immune. prepare. ” “We’re ready,” stated Jake. All enterprise, as ordinary. Skyler became again to the workforce engaged on pad 3. the lady moved to the again of the crew’s small upkeep cart and got rid of an outsized briefcase.

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