The Darwin Elevator (Dire Earth Cycle)

By Jason M. Hough


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 area has succumbed to an alien plague, with many of the inhabitants reworked 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 a unprecedented immunity to the plague. sponsored by way of a world team of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the harmful desolate tract past the aura’s side 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 clear up the secret of the failing alien know-how and keep 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 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 knows that like no different. Full of compelling characters and thick with tension, The Darwin Elevator grants either depression and desire in addition to a huge dose of ask yourself. It’s a really good debut, and Hough can take my funds each time he writes whatever from now on.”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling writer of The Iron Druid Chronicles
“Newcomer Hough screens a expertise for innovative plotting and lifelike discussion, and the brisk pacing and cliffhanger finishing will preserve readers enthralled and eagerly looking forward to the following installment.”Publishers Weekly
“Jason M. Hough does an outstanding activity with this large tale. the area of Darwin and the Elevator is deliciously complicated and pleasing. 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 whatever specified. whatever iconic. The Darwin Elevator is stuffed with majesty and beauty, secret and mayhem, colourful characters and insidious schemes.”SF Signal
“Fun, action-packed and pleasing . . . a convinced contender for technology fiction debut of the year!”Pat’s delusion Hotlist
“Claustrophobic, severe, and pleasurable . . . I couldn’t positioned 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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For the final 12 months she’d spent such a lot of her time sneaking round Gateway, delivering Neil with common reviews on every thing that went on there. She knew the upkeep tunnels higher than the staff who used them, or even performed little pranks on them out of sheer boredom. Turning the extraordinary dial, disconnecting random pipes. the folks on Gateway observed a ghost, and Kelly swelled with satisfaction whilst she first heard the nickname. as soon as per week Neil prepared to have her arise to Platz Station, the place she informed opt for contributors of his employees in self-defense and uncomplicated strategies. For leisure purposes, because the tale went. “I must have introduced you right here a lot sooner,” he stated. Kelly studied the containers lining the wall in the back of her. “You’ve been busy. ” “I have at that. ” “Show me. ” He led her to the second one point, and enable the station communicate for itself. Room after room crammed no longer with furnishings yet provides. metal canisters of compressed air, stacked in neat rows, stuffed one part. “Level 3 is all food,” he acknowledged. “Four is water, although we’re in the back of on that entrance. ” Kelly stored silent as they drifted alongside. eventually she acknowledged, “It’s like a bomb defend. ” “Astute observation,” he stated. “How lengthy have you ever been hoarding these things? ” Neil virtually advised his rehearsed lie, the only he’d instructed Tania. Such deception, although blameless, wouldn't paintings with Kelly. “Almost years. ” “Clearly you recognize whatever I don’t. What’s occurring? ” I’ll comprehend quickly sufficient, he suggestion. “Call it a slump. switch is within the air. ” the lady laughed softly. “Why express me now? ” “Because of room seventeen,” he stated. while she raised an eyebrow, he laughed, too. “This means. ” a unique lock embellished the door to room seventeen. “Eight seven 4 four,” he acknowledged aloud as he tapped the code. “Don’t disregard. ” With a thud the lock disengaged. Neil driven the door open and waved Kelly inside of. She gasped on the sight inside. the big room, meant for game in line with the station plan, in its place served as an armory. Stacks of hard-shell situations in military eco-friendly or police black, deadly contents packed inside. Many months of mystery purchases and smuggled shipments ended in the cache. Kelly moved inside of with a few trepidation. She drifted to the closest field and threw again the catches. “Sonton ninety. Holo sight, mil-spec. very good handgun,” she acknowledged. “So I’m informed. ” She ran her surrender the row of exact black pistols. “I get it now. ” Neil waited. “You don’t comprehend what part these things is, do you? ” “I’m now not even definite any of it works,” he stated. “I’m going to be asking extra from you, Kelly, within the months forward. For starters, i have to recognize who on your self-defense sessions is displaying the main promise. I’m additionally going to offer you a listing of my employees who've had army adventure. ” She stifled a reaction while Neil held up his hand. “Prep them,” he went on. “And ship the main promising ones right here, to coach and plan. ” “Plan for what? ” Neil grimaced. “I don’t be aware of, but. I’d inform you if I did. ” “Horseshit,” she acknowledged. “I recognize you, Neil. You wouldn’t do all this with no objective in brain.

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