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One Way

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EIGHT ASTRONAUTS. ONE KILLER. NO WAY HOME.
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK meets Andy Weir's THE MARTIAN

'A rip-roaring thriller of a book that hits the ground running and doesn't stop until the final chapter' John Marrs, author of the bestselling/Radio 2 Book Club choice THE ONE

'S.J. Morden's Agatha-Christie-in-space thriller accelerates to warp speed and becomes an engrossing whodunnit' Financial Times * * * * *

There's a murderer amongst them, and everyone's a suspect . . .

Frank Kittridge is serving life for murdering his son's drug dealer, so when he's offered a deal by Xenosystems Operations - the corporation that owns the prison - he takes it.

He's been selected to help build the first permanent base on Mars. Unfortunately, his crewmates are just as guilty of their crimes as he is.

As the convicts set to work on the frozen wastes of Mars, the accidents multiply.

Until Frank begins to suspect they might not be accidents at all . . .

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'A tense and claustrophobic murder-mystery-on-Mars' James Swallow, Sunday Times bestselling author of NOMAD

'ONE WAY is what would happen if the crime and sci-fi genres got together and had a baby. Deeply immersive, chilling and atmospheric. An utterly fabulous book!' Emma Kavanagh, bestselling author of FALLING and HIDDEN

'A cracking read. A compelling vision of the near future inhabited by well motivated characters. It's a thrilling tale that grabs you and whips along to the very last breathless page' Adam Hamdy, author of PENDULUM

'Twisty and gripping' Financial Times
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 157 x 232 x 24mm | 440g
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473222567
  • 9781473222564
  • 324,976

Review Text

A claustrophobic, high-tension, survival-against-the-odds thriller. It paints a convincing picture of the lethal Martian environment as well as the growing terror of being incarcerated in a deadly prison with no way out. GUARDIAN
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A rip-roaring thriller of a book that hits the ground running and doesn't stop until the final chapter * John Marrs, author of the bestselling/Radio 2 Book Club choice THE ONE * One Way is a taut and claustrophobic hard SF thriller. Morden does a fantastic job of ratcheting up the tension like oxygen escaping from a pressurised Martian habitat * Gavin Smith * An intense, gripping sci-fi thriller * Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author * One Way is what would happen if the crime and sci-fi genres got together and had a baby. Deeply immersive, chilling and atmospheric enough that you will believe yourself under a cold Martian sky. An utterly fabulous book! * Emma Kavanagh, bestselling author of FALLING and HIDDEN * One Way delivers a compulsive, claustrophobic story where there is literally no way out and nowhere to hide. * SF CROWSNEST * It's the gripping sense of believable physical experience in a wholly alien landscape that grabs the attention and brings the writing to vivid life * THE CRACK MAGAZINE * A tense and claustrophobic murder-mystery-on-Mars * James Swallow, Sunday Times bestselling author of NOMAD * A blend of classic mystery, Orange is the New Black and Andy Weir's The Martian, One Way is a science-fiction thriller like no other. * WATERSTONES.COM * There is a satisfying hint of Andy Weir's The Martian. * CONCATENATION * One Way is a superb high-stakes SF murder mystery novel that paints a vivid and intense picture of a genuine effort to inhabit Mars . . . immensely enjoyable * Always Trust In Books * An exciting Mars-based thriller. * A NOVEL HAUL * One Way is a tense and dramatic thriller that entertains from beginning to end * SFBook Reviews * Twists and a series of betrayals abound along with much technical rigour and a strong touch of irony, making this a great, involving read. * CRIME TIME * One Way is a taut and claustrophobic hard SF thriller. Morden does a fantastic job of ratcheting up the tension like oxygen escaping from a pressurised Martian habitat * Gavin Smith * Morden knows his stuff when it comes to space travel, the depiction of life on Mars is fascinating, and there's something chilling about the idea of being so far from home and so utterly beyond rescue. * SCIFINOW * A cracking read. A compelling vision of the near future inhabited by well motivated characters. It's a thrilling tale that grabs you and whips along to the very last breathless page. * Adam Hamdy, author of PENDULUM * One Way is a great adventure story . . . It is also a great account and record of human endurance in the face of brutal, cruel and greedy authoritarian control * Forbidden Planet * S.J. Morden's Agatha-Christie-in-space thriller accelerates to warp speed and becomes an engrossing whodunnit . . . The red planet was never bloodier. * FINANCIAL TIMES * One Way is what would happen if the crime and sci-fi genres got together and had a baby. Deeply immersive, chilling and atmospheric enough that you will believe yourself under a cold Martian sky. An utterly fabulous book! * Emma Kavanagh, bestselling author of FALLING and HIDDEN * An intense, gripping sci-fi thriller * Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author * If Orange is the New Black was to meet The Martian. * TOR.COM * A rip-roaring thriller of a book that hits the ground running and doesn't stop until the final chapter * John Marrs, author of the bestselling/Radio 2 Book Club choice THE ONE * An explosive thriller that blends science fiction with crime. * BIG ISSUE MAGAZINE * A claustrophobic, high-tension, survival-against-the-odds thriller. It paints a convincing picture of the lethal Martian environment as well as the growing terror of being incarcerated in a deadly prison with no way out. * GUARDIAN *
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About S. J. Morden

Dr S. J. Morden has won the Philip K. Dick Award and been a judge on the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He is a bona fide rocket scientist with degrees in Geology and Planetary Geophysics. ONE WAY is the perfect fusion of his incredible breadth of knowledge and ability to write award-winning, razor-sharp science fiction.
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Rating details

1,639 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 16% (270)
4 40% (662)
3 34% (551)
2 8% (134)
1 1% (22)
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