author: Jason M. Hough
average rating: 3.92
book published: 2013
read at: 2014/01/30
date added: 2014/01/30
Years ago, strange alien beings, known as Builders, settled in space over Darwin, Australia and built a space elevator that connected into the ground. Then they left, but along with the elevator, they left a plague that infected anyone not in range of the elevator, leaving them in a zombie-like state. Times have moved on and ambitious men have moved into space and ambitious men have created fortress states on the ground. Food is grown in space and sent to the people of Earth in exchange for water. This all goes well until, one day, the elevator stops working. If it stopped once, can it stop again? Perhaps forever?
Into this interesting backdrop, we meet Skuyler Luiken, one of the few people who are immune to the plague. He runs a scavenging business with a crew. Heading out into the wild with a list of items he can make money from. When a man named Neil Platz asks for a particular item, it pushes Skuyler into all kinds of trouble.
It’s engaging world building, and the characters are mostly interesting, but Jason Hough subscribes to the Joss Whedon school of character development. No character is seemingly safe from some sort of demise, so don’t get too attached. The book ends on an open note because it’s book 1 of 3. I look forward to reading more in this universe.
I was given a review copy of this book by Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for letting me review this book.
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