By C. A. Higgins
NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr BY BUZZFEED AND KIRKUS REVIEWS • With deeply relocating human drama, nail-biting suspense--and daring hypothesis proficient through a level in physics--C. A. Higgins spins a riveting technological know-how fiction debut bound to catapult readers past their expectations.
Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental army spacecraft introduced by way of the ruthless association that ideas Earth and its sunlight method, computing device scientist Althea has verified an excessive emotional bond--not with any of her crewmates, yet with the ship's digital platforms, which communicate extra deeply to her analytical brain than human emotions do. but if a couple of fugitive terrorists achieve entry to the Ananke, Althea needs to draw upon her center and soul for the energy to guard her liked ship.
whereas one of many saboteurs is still at huge someplace on board, his captured partner--the enigmatic Ivan--may turn out to be extra harmful. The perversely attention-grabbing legal whose silver tongue is his most excellent weapon has lengthy kept away from the authorities' so much relentless surveillance--and saved the reality approximately his equipment and explanations good hidden.
because the ship's structures start to malfunction and the claustrophobic surroundings is more and more poisoned through mistrust and suspicion, it falls to Althea to penetrate the prisoner's layers of intrigue and deception prior to all is misplaced. but if the genuine nature of Ivan's challenge is uncovered, it's going to swap Althea forever--if it doesn't kill her first.
Praise for Lightless
"Gripping . . . sci-fi with a touch of thriller."--New York Daily News
"[A] measured, attractive science-fiction debut [that is] extra mental mystery . . . contained, disciplined, demanding . . . The plot is compulsive. . . . Lightless is the 1st of a deliberate sequence, and also you can't aid waiting for studying what's next."--The ny Times
"Lightless is stuffed with suspense and enjoyable as hell to read."--BuzzFeed
"Absolutely remarkable . . . this is often technology fiction because it is intended to be performed: clinical innovations wedded to and equipped upon human ideals."--Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling writer of the October Daye series
"The stakes during this tale are high--life and loss of life, uprising and betrayal--and debut novelist Higgins constantly ratchets up the strain. . . . A suspenseful, emotional tale that asks lots of significant questions about identification and freedom, this can be a debut to not be missed."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A taut, suspenseful read."--Tech Times
"Lightless is an workout in lighting fixtures a really sluggish fuse and development the stress to an insufferable pitch whereas making us wager simply how apocalyptic the final word explosion might be. . . . it's a high-wire act, a wonderment, and an exceptional accomplishment from a reputation we'll be seeing again."--Sci Fi
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D e ad l y E r r o r s | 25 “Here,” he said, handing it to his partner. At 57 Bill still looked like a Marine drill sergeant. Lanky, not an ounce of extra fat. From running every day, Tyler thought. Compulsive about it. Also clad in green scrubs, Bill held up a rectangular oak box the size of a small jewelry case. Loupes. Magnifying eyeglasses worn by most neurosurgeons. ” His partner spun the combination lock to his locker. A triangle of sweat darkened the midline of Bill’s scrub shirt by at least two shades.
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Well then—” “I’ll do it,” Tyler interrupted. ” Soon as the words flew from his mouth a feeling of panic shouldered aside his confident reply. Unlike the well-lit operating room where a few anesthesiologists allowed him to practice this skill, this area had poor lighting and he was wedged awkwardly between the scanner and the wall. ” The CT tech pulled the white sheet over Larry’s exposed genitals. Pale yellow urine flowed down the plastic tube toward the collection bag. The nurse gently pushed Tyler aside as she wheeled a stretcher next to the scanner.
Lightless by C. A. Higgins