Lightless

Lightless

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY" BUZZFEED "AND "KIRKUS REVIEWS" With deeply moving human drama, nail-biting suspense and bold speculation informed by a degree in physics C. A. Higgins spins a riveting science fiction debut guaranteed to catapult readers beyond their expectations.
Serving aboard the "Ananke, " an experimental military spacecraft launched by the ruthless organization that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bond not with any of her crewmates, but with the ship s electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to the "Ananke, " Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship.
While one of the saboteurs remains at large somewhere on board, his captured partner the enigmatic Ivan may prove to be more dangerous. The perversely fascinating criminal whose silver tongue is his most effective weapon has long evaded the authorities most relentless surveillance and kept the truth about his methods and motives well hidden.
As the ship s systems begin to malfunction and the claustrophobic atmosphere is increasingly poisoned by distrust and suspicion, it falls to Althea to penetrate the prisoner s layers of intrigue and deception before all is lost. But when the true nature of Ivan s mission is exposed, it will change Althea forever if it doesn t kill her first.
Praise for "Lightless"
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" Gripping . . . sci-fi with a hint of thriller. New York "Daily News"
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[A] measured, lovely science-fiction debut [that is] more psychological thriller . . . contained, disciplined, tense . . . The plot is compulsive. . . . "Lightless" is the first of a planned series, and you can t help looking forward to learning what s next. "The New York Times"
"Lightless" is full of suspense and fun as hell to read. "BuzzFeed"
Absolutely brilliant . . . This is science fiction as it is meant to be done: scientific concepts wedded to and built upon human ideals. Seanan McGuire, "New York Times" bestselling author of the October Daye series
The stakes in this story are high life and death, rebellion and betrayal and debut novelist Higgins continually ratchets up the tension. . . . A suspenseful, emotional story that asks plenty of big questions about identity and freedom, this is a debut not to be missed. "Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)
A taut, suspenseful read. " Tech Times
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"Lightless "is an exercise in lighting a very slow fuse and building the tension to an unbearable pitch while making us guess just how apocalyptic the ultimate explosion will be. . . . It is a high-wire act, a wonderment, and a fine accomplishment from a name we ll be seeing again. "Sci Fi""
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 159 x 241 x 27mm | 518g
  • Del Rey Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0553394428
  • 9780553394429
  • 829,441

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Advance praise for "Lightless"
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Absolutely brilliant . . . This is science fiction as it is meant to be done: scientific concepts wedded to and built upon human ideals. Seanan McGuire, "New York Times" bestselling author of the October Daye series
The stakes in this story are high life and death, rebellion and betrayal and debut novelist [C. A.] Higgins continually ratchets up the tension. . . . A suspenseful, emotional story that asks plenty of big questions about identity and freedom, this is a debut not to be missed. "Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)"
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About C.A. Higgins

C. A. Higgins writes novels and short stories. She was a runner-up in the 2013 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing and has a B.A. in physics from Cornell University. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
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2,640 ratings
3.47 out of 5 stars
5 16% (414)
4 35% (930)
3 33% (882)
2 12% (304)
1 4% (110)
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