By C.A. Higgins
NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE 12 months BY BUZZFEED AND KIRKUS REVIEWS • With deeply relocating human drama, nail-biting suspense—and daring hypothesis expert via a level in physics—C. A. Higgins spins a riveting technology fiction debut bound to catapult readers past their expectations.
Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental army spacecraft introduced via the ruthless association that principles Earth and its sunlight procedure, machine scientist Althea has demonstrated an excessive emotional bond—not with any of her crewmates, yet with the ship’s digital structures, which communicate extra deeply to her analytical brain than human emotions do. but if a couple of fugitive terrorists achieve entry to the Ananke, Althea needs to draw upon her center and soul for the power to guard her loved ship.
whereas one of many saboteurs continues to be at huge someplace on board, his captured partner—the enigmatic Ivan—may turn out to be extra harmful. The perversely attention-grabbing felony whose silver tongue is his preferable weapon has lengthy kept away from the gurus’ so much relentless surveillance—and saved the reality approximately his tools and explanations good hidden.
because the ship’s platforms start to malfunction and the claustrophobic surroundings is more and more poisoned via mistrust and suspicion, it falls to Althea to penetrate the prisoner’s layers of intrigue and deception earlier than all is misplaced. but if the genuine nature of Ivan’s undertaking is uncovered, it's going to swap Althea forever—if it doesn’t kill her first.
Praise for Lightless
“Gripping . . . sci-fi flavored with a touch of thriller.”—New York Daily News
“[A] measured, attractive science-fiction debut [that is] extra mental mystery . . . contained, disciplined, demanding . . . The plot is compulsive. . . . Lightless is the 1st of a deliberate sequence, and also you can’t support looking ahead to studying what’s next.”—The big apple Times
“Lightless is stuffed with suspense and enjoyable as hell to read.”—BuzzFeed
“Absolutely fabulous . . . this can be technological know-how fiction because it is intended to be performed: medical options wedded to and outfitted upon human ideals.”—Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling writer of the October Daye series
“The stakes during this tale are high—life and dying, uprising and betrayal—and debut novelist Higgins always ratchets up the strain. . . . A suspenseful, emotional tale that asks lots of monstrous questions on id and freedom, this can be a debut to not be missed.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A taut, suspenseful read.”—Tech Times
“Lightless is an workout in lights a truly gradual fuse and development the strain to an insufferable pitch whereas making us bet simply how apocalyptic the last word explosion may be. . . . it's a high-wire act, a wonderment, and a very good accomplishment from a reputation we’ll be seeing again.”—Sci Fi
From the Hardcover edition.