Lightless

Lightless

by C. A. Higgins

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ISBN-13: 9780553394429
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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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Lightless 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
In the distant future humans have branched to terraform and inhabit various planets and moons throughout the solar system. Everything is controlled and watched by “The System,” which is this author’s version of Big Brother. The System has sent a very armed, scientific vessel named Ananke on a secretive mission to the far reaches of the solar system. When the story opens, the ship is breached by two intruders who are quickly apprehended by the ship’s crew. The two are identified as Matthew Gale and Leonid Ivanov, both wanted criminals with possible ties to a terrorist organization (The Mallt-N-Nos). The System hopes to learn the identity of The Mallt-N-Nos leader and want the two held for interrogation. Gale manages to escape his captivity but apparently dies during the escape. That leaves Ivanov. The System sends one of their top people, Ida Stays to do the interrogation. Meanwhile various malfunctions seem to happen to the ship’s computer and the ship’s mechanic, Althea, suspects that either Gale or Ivanov had planted a virus in the computer. The story then becomes a cat and mouse game with Stays trying to gleam information out of Ivanov while Althea tries to solve whatever was done to the ship’s computer. The part of the story seemed to drag out about 200 pages in until anything of note occurs. The author could have made this a much better book but this part made it very difficult to continue and I suspect several readers would have lost patience long before I did. The last 80 pages or so have some very tense moments and are really what allowed me to give the book four stars. However this story pales in comparison to some of the better science fiction thriller authors such as Robert J. Sawyer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great sci-fi . Very compelling characters and story that keeps you reading well past your bed time .
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SleepyKaren More than 1 year ago
I'd like to thank the author for a copy of the book and the chance to review it through the NetGalley First Reads program. I really liked it! Interesting characters. Engaging plot. I flip-flopped on who's side I was on several times. Every time I thought I had it all figured out, something would change. It has a good ending. (There are no real winners or losers. The whole "Great Good" thing.) It definitely left the door open for a book 2. I would be interested to read it to see what happens to them next. I would hope to see a little more backstory on the characters. Bits and pieces were revealed, but I'm nosy - I want to know more.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Higgins uses her scientific knowledge and an amazing storytelling voice to produce an addicting fast paced sci-fi thriller series debut. Her futuristic dystopian world filled with enigmatic engaging characters both sentient and cyber showcases her vivid, imaginative narrative. Her unforgettable world building features an autocratic big brother-ish interplanetary society on the verge of a revolution. Her inhabitant’s struggles and achievements are informatively seen through the eyes of her extraordinary star players that will intimate her fans to her brave new world. And the cliff-hanging ending will have readers salivating until the next installment. Brava Ms. Higgins for a fantastic debut! There’s unrest in the Solar System! In deep space a highly advanced militarized ship for The System, the Ananke is on a super secret mission with a crew of three, the captain, Willhem Domitian, a scientist, Rufus Gagnon and software engineer, Dr. Althea Bastet, caretaker of the über-intelligent on board computer. Who’s at this moment trying without success to rid the computer of a nasty virus that's causing mass malfunctions, planted by the two saboteurs they captured aboard ship. Now while trying to repair the computer they’re also awaiting a visit from a System Intelligence officer sent to interrogate the prisoners and they have bad news for her. Upon arriving to question the captives, Ida Stays has learned that one has escaped, but the man still in custody is no other than Leontious (Ivan) Ivanov, estranged son of a successful scientist mother and the infamous father who destroyed Saturn. He’s a thief but also rumored to be in cahoots with the System’s most notorious terrorist Mallt-y-Nos who may be the head of the rebellion that’s trying to overthrow the government. She just needs proof and she'll use any means to get it.
Aiwe More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent debut! I LOVE a well written sci-fi mystery and this one definitely hit that sweet spot between the genres. She really used the interrogation method to it's fullest, and the pacing of the story kept me interested and not wanting to put the book down. As far as the publisher blurb about Gravity meets Alien... Well, I can see some small aspects from each of those in this story, the suspense from Gravity, a touch of the claustrophobic horror that you get from Alien, but really this book isn't like either of those. If you go in expecting one of those, then you will be disappointed. Also, you will be doing this book and it's author an injustice. This book is a beautifully written sci-fi story that stands on it's own. I hope to read more by her soon! Very minor complaint: so many "A" names! Highly recommended for fans of science fiction, specifically if you enjoy ones that have a mystery aspect to them. Closed-ship mystery is a great phrase for it. I really got a Alastair Reynolds vibe from this book, so if you are a fan of his, I think you would feel right at home in this story. Oh, the author seems to have included some space opera easter egg shout-outs that I really appriciated, so be on the lookout for those while you journey aboard the Ananke!
KGpets More than 1 year ago
Lightless, the compelling science fiction debut of C. A. Higgins, will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. The story begins when a huge ship manned by a 3-person crew is invaded by terrorists. One of the storylines follows Ida Stays, a government interrogator, who uses psychological tactics to try to extract information from a captured terrorist. The other storyline focuses on Althea, the ship’s mechanic, who tries to solve one problem after another caused by a virus the terrorists introduced into the ship’s computer. Althea and Ida often find themselves at cross purposes, but young and naive Althea does a remarkable job of holding her own against the seasoned, high-ranking government official. I found myself reading at top speed, unable to put the book down, especially during the second half of the book where I simply had to know how it all turns out. There are many twists and turns, but the author doesn’t give away her ending until the final two pages. Science fiction readers may find that this book starts a little slow, but it soon picks up and ends with a bang.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago