The Rift

The Rift

by Walter Jon Williams, Ares Jun

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"The Rift would be a very good beach book, if you could put it down long enough to get into the water." ---- The San Diego Union Tribune

FRACTURE LINES PERMEATE THE CENTRAL UNITED STATES. Some comprise the New Madrid fault, the most dangerous earthquake zone in the world. Other fracture lines are social---- economic, religious, racial, and ethnic.

What happens when they all crack at once?

Caught in the disaster as cities burn and bridges tumble, young Jason Adams finds himself adrift on the Mississippi with African-American engineer Nick Ruford. A modern-day Huck and Jim, they spin helplessly down the river and into the widening faults in American society, encountering violence and hope, compassion and despair, and the primal wilderness that threatens to engulf not only them, but all they love...

" A breakout book that you'll swear the author lived" ---- SF Age

"I don't like disaster novels. I would not have even glanced at The Rift if it weren't backed by Walter Jon Williams' reputation for excellence. And I definitely would not have kept reading if Williams hadn't demonstrated on every page that he deserves his reputation. The result? I was so engrossed in---- and engaged by ----The Rift that I forgot that I don't like disaster novels. This book is an impressive achievement."
---- Stephen R. Donaldson, New York Times bestselling author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

"The Rift is bloody wonderful! Williams brings an historic disaster back for an encore and metaphorically flattens it again. This is the stuff for which sleep is lost--and awards are made." ---- Dean Ing

"The Rift shakes up the world like it's never been shaken before." ---- Fred Saberhagen

"[For fans of the disaster novel] Williams delivers the requisite thrills and setpieces---- but he also, to paraphrase Conrad, offers a bit of that truth for which they forgot to ask." ---- Locus

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161527627
Publisher: World Domination, Ltd.
Publication date: 08/03/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 489,948
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Walter Jon Williams is an award-winning author who has been listed on the best-seller lists of the New York Times and the Times of London. He is the author of twenty-nine novels and three collections of short fiction.

His first novel to attract serious public attention was Hardwired (1986), described by Roger Zelazny as "a tough, sleek juggernaut of a story, punctuated by strobe-light movements, coursing to the wail of jets and the twang of steel guitars." In 2001 he won a Nebula Award for his novelette, “Daddy’s World,” and won again in 2005 for “The Green Leopard Plague.”

Walter's subject matter has an unusually wide range, and include the glittering surfaces of Hardwired, the opulent tapestries of Aristoi, the bleak future police novel Days of Atonement, and the pensive young Mary Shelley of the novella "Wall, Stone, Craft," which was nominated for a Hugo, Nebula, and a World Fantasy Award.

His latest work is The Accidental War, a return to the far future setting of his popular Praxis series.

Walter has also written for the screen and for television, and has worked in the gaming field.

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Rift 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
944 page book that was about 644 pags too long. the story just goes on and on and on and on.... but really to no benefit to the reader or plot development. rather slow to boot. character development did not draw me in or make me 'feel' for any of the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This had the potential to be a good book, but never quite made it beyond mediocre. A few quotations from the earlier (1811 - 1812) New Madrid quakes might have added to the interest, the constant flood of them merely made for tedious reading. I soon found myself passing over them to get to the main storyline. There, unfortunately, I became annoyed. Although this was fiction, the author brought in historical facts - then got many of those facts wrong. His first mistakes came in the magnitudes he attributed to the earlier quakes along the faultlines used in the story - then became glaringly inaccurate when he faulted the U.S. government for its failures in handling religious cults. He referred to failures such as 'Ruby Ridge' and 'Jonestown.' Perhaps he would write this off as the thoughts of the young hero, and absolve himself from the misrepresented facts by implying that the fictional character simply wasn't aware of the true facts, but that would not work for me. If the author intends to continue to write books he should take the trouble to research his books far more thoroughly than he did this one. If fact is to be mixed with fiction, the facts should be correct. The book was also at least twice as long as it needed to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was geologically accurate. Very plausible. Characters were believeable and well rounded. Enjoyed the book very much.
usnmm2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At 900 plus pages was a long read but not a bad book if you like the mass disaster type of story. Takes about 200 pages to get all the charactors in place but worth the time.The basic story is a massive earthquake that hits the mid-west along the new Madrid fault which runsthrough the Mississippi Valley (The last one happened about 150+ years ago and changed the landscape). It does give a good picture of what would happen if it were to happen today, in our modern cities, farms, Levi systems etc. Plus populations in the millions rather than a few 100 thousand that lived on the frontier. The author does manage to keep you interested ang feel for the charactors
mrkay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the only Williams book I have read but I was astounded by his descriptions, attention to detail and depth of his characters. The historical insight to what "could be" is incredible plus the factual evidence from past quakes really transcends the "fiction" quality of the book. Very interesting read from what was, to what could be.
amacmillen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was about an earthquake along the New Madrid fault line on the Mississippi river. It was developed around historical letters and information from the 1811-12 quake that struck the area and what it would mean if it happen today. Several different plots were interwoven in the story.
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This book would have been a better read if it weren't so long. I began to lose interest about half way through it, then started to skip whole areas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lacking variety in the stories. some characters totally dropped out of the narrative when it would have helped this overly long book to include more story lines
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely written book that depicts what might happen if the New Madrid fault slips again - and it will. Personalizes the events with a small number of characters. The inserts of writings from the earthquakes of 1811-1812 are great.
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RabbiBarry More than 1 year ago
This book sets forth in terrible detail a very real possibility for the United States. The New Madrid Fault with all its subsidiary faults go off. The take America from a first rate nation to a third world country over night. The author shows the danger we are in and tries to interweave the scary reality of racism and religious intolerance into the discussion. If you are not too frightened to finish, I recommend this book, but I recognize how lucky I am being in the Flint Hills, just outside of the area where these events will occur.
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