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The Darwin Elevator

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Post Apocalyptic Drama in Space!

Clear your calendar for this one! Put a Do Not Disturb sign on the door and get ready for one action-packed, fast paced and intriguing read! The Darwin Elevator by Jason Hough is a trip into the future in a post-apocalyptic world decimated by a “virus” delivered by uns...
Clear your calendar for this one! Put a Do Not Disturb sign on the door and get ready for one action-packed, fast paced and intriguing read! The Darwin Elevator by Jason Hough is a trip into the future in a post-apocalyptic world decimated by a “virus” delivered by unseen space aliens, who were ‘benevolent’ enough to create a “safe zone” in Darwin, Australia. Few are immune to the virus, those exposed become crazed zombie-like creatures, those not immune must stay within the “aura” of Darwin, which becomes overrun with citizens and short on the basic necessities of life, food, water, clean air. The conflict between those who seek to find a means of survival, those who want absolute power and those who profit off the disaster is brutal. With the world now in total devastation, the answer to “why” this happened has not been found, but someone may have the key to help unlocking this mystery hidden away in a secret vault. Is it time to share what he knows? What secrets has he kept and WHY??? Heroes are often found in the most unlikely places, who will champion humanity?
Jason Hough has created an enthralling world, gritty and dark, terrifyingly realistic and eerily plausible! Why couldn’t there be aliens far superior to humans? He has cleverly left me wondering why this has happened, even as the action and emotional upheaval is going on all around me. I felt as if I was there, as each scene played out on my mental screen, the tension mounting with each page. I became personally invested in what happened to each character as I “listened” to the banter, the arguments, the plotting and scheming and “saw” the horrendous fates some will face. There were times when I needed to ‘split screen’ my brain, because, just like in the real world, things were happening simultaneously in several places! Jason Hough depicted every flaw, every human trait, good or bad, and he allowed heroics to shine through, sparing nothing! I loved this book and MUST see this saga through to the end!
This ARC copy of The Darwin Elevator was given to me by Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra in exchange for my honest review.

posted by DiiMI on July 11, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

3.5 Stars The Darwin Elevator is the first novel in a science f

3.5 Stars

The Darwin Elevator is the first novel in a science fiction/dystopian series that jumps into the future where the world is reeling after the scourge of an alien plague. Darwin, Australia is the only city left on Earth, and all those not infected are flocking ...
3.5 Stars

The Darwin Elevator is the first novel in a science fiction/dystopian series that jumps into the future where the world is reeling after the scourge of an alien plague. Darwin, Australia is the only city left on Earth, and all those not infected are flocking their for refuge. The main character, Skyler Luiken, is one of the few humans who is immune to the plague. He is the leader of a team of immunes who searches the wasteland for resources that can be used in Darwin. When the Elevator unexpectedly breaks down, Sklyer and a scientist named Tania Sharma, are teamed up to figure out what's happening to the elevator and save what's rest of their world.

This was a really fast paced and fascinating debut novel that shows the real talent of the author. The plot wasn't completely original, but the author worked in intriguing aspects to liven the story line and set it apart from others in the genre. I liked learning about the future world and what happened to it, especially the alien plague. The science behind the Darwin Elevator was really interesting and detailed, but not confusing like I thought it might be. The characters are well written, especially main character Skyler and the gorgeous and brilliant scientist Tania. They both have unique personalities with their own strengths and weaknesses, which complement each other nicely. They work well as a team and I liked to watch the relationship between them grow. The writing was very well done with vivid detail and descriptions that made it feel like I could easily see what was happening if I closed my eyes. There's a ton of action mixed in with the science fiction and dystopian aspects, so it has a lot of crossover appeal for fans of several genres. I'm interested to see where the next installment will take the characters and what might happen next. Definitely recommended for fans of fantasy, action, science fiction, and dystopian fiction.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

posted by StephWard on August 18, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Nah

    Didnt care for it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Gripping read

    I too am a picky reader when it comes to sci fi books. Too many focus on ethical delemmas or dramtic relationships that feel more like a romance than sci fi thriller. This book does a great job of balancing character development, action, character interrelationships, and story progression without being cliche enough for you to guess the outcome of the characters master plan. Well written, and definitely worth the money. He will get my money with the next book as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Great Storyo

    Lots of action, great storyline, plausible science fiction, and unpredictable at times. Pretty good development with main and secondary characters, with good mixture of male and female leads. The apocalypse theme was well played and the next in the series I hope will explain more of the source of the condition of the earth. I read it pretty quickly to see what would happen, and it kept my interest the entire time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Good read

    Worth the time, great si-fi

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

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    Highly recommend

    It's on of the best sci-fi books that I've read the past year.

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