Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Darwin Elevator: By Jason Hough



In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator—created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.

Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura’s edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity.


The Darwin Elevator is fantastic and Jason Hough is a talent to watch.

Does that have your attention? Well it should.

The Darwin Elevator is just plain fantastic. Not only is it filled with nonstop pulse pounding action, but Hough truly shocked me in some of the decisions he chose to pursue in the book. These decisions end up affecting the entire series in a very dramatic way, promising to leave readers in a constant state or excitement and anticipation.

Of course, not only is The Darwin Elevator filled with twists and surprises that will astonish and entrance readers, Hough also created a set of characters that are absolutely amazing. Obviously readers will love Skyler and Tania, as they’re strong protagonists who are just trying to make the best of a terrible situation. But Neal and Blackfield are also so wonderfully complex. They each have done enormous things, (some terrible, all with lasting effects) but each feels completely justified in their actions. And those are only the main characters. Sam, Kelly, Prumble and the rest of the crew are also fantastic, they are all three dimensional, unique, likable, and a lot of fun to read about.

As for the pacing, Hough does a fantastic job switching between story lines, perfectly timing it so that readers are constantly left on the edge of their seats.

All in all The Darwin Elevator is a fantastic book and Jason Hough has really outdone himself with his debut novel.  With plenty of shootouts, backstabbing, and explosions The Darwin Elevator is perfect for readers of science fiction, dystopian societies, or just someone looking for a really good action and adventure book.


Publisher: Del Rey

Published: July 30, 2013

Price: $9.99

Link to Buy: http://www.amazon.com/The-Darwin-Elevator-ebook/dp/B00BABT9VY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375196166&sr=1-1&keywords=the+darwin+elevator

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