By C.A. Higgins
NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE 12 months BY BUZZFEED AND KIRKUS REVIEWS • With deeply relocating human drama, nail-biting suspense—and daring hypothesis trained via a level in physics—C. A. Higgins spins a riveting technology fiction debut sure to catapult readers past their expectations.
Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental army spacecraft introduced by means of the ruthless association that principles Earth and its sunlight method, desktop scientist Althea has confirmed an severe emotional bond—not with any of her crewmates, yet with the ship’s digital platforms, 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 middle and soul for the energy to shield her cherished ship.
whereas one of many saboteurs continues to be at huge someplace on board, his captured partner—the enigmatic Ivan—may end up to be extra risky. The perversely interesting legal whose silver tongue is his ideal weapon has lengthy refrained from the specialists’ such a lot relentless surveillance—and stored the reality approximately his equipment and causes good hidden.
because the ship’s structures start to malfunction and the claustrophobic surroundings is more and more poisoned through mistrust and suspicion, it falls to Althea to penetrate the prisoner’s layers of intrigue and deception prior to all is misplaced. but if the genuine nature of Ivan’s venture is uncovered, it's going to switch 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 aid looking ahead to studying what’s next.”—The manhattan Times
“Lightless is stuffed with suspense and enjoyable as hell to read.”—BuzzFeed
“Absolutely marvelous . . . this can be technological know-how fiction because it is intended to be performed: medical innovations wedded to and equipped 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 consistently ratchets up the strain. . . . A suspenseful, emotional tale that asks lots of colossal questions about identification 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 lighting fixtures a really gradual fuse and development the stress to an insufferable pitch whereas making us bet simply how apocalyptic the final word explosion should be. . . . it's a high-wire act, a wonderment, and an exceptional accomplishment from a reputation we’ll be seeing again.”—Sci Fi
From the Hardcover edition.