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 knowledgeable through 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 ideas Earth and its sunlight approach, laptop scientist Althea has confirmed 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 middle and soul for the energy to protect her loved ship.
whereas one of many saboteurs is still at huge someplace on board, his captured partner—the enigmatic Ivan—may turn out to be extra harmful. The perversely interesting legal whose silver tongue is his greatest weapon has lengthy refrained from the experts’ so much relentless surveillance—and stored 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 through mistrust and suspicion, it falls to Althea to penetrate the prisoner’s layers of intrigue and deception ahead of all is misplaced. but if the real nature of Ivan’s challenge is uncovered, it is 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, wonderful science-fiction debut [that is] extra mental mystery . . . contained, disciplined, annoying . . . 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 long island Times
“Lightless is filled with suspense and enjoyable as hell to read.”—BuzzFeed
“Absolutely outstanding . . . this can be technological know-how fiction because it is intended to be performed: clinical thoughts 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 loss of life, uprising and betrayal—and debut novelist Higgins regularly ratchets up the stress. . . . A suspenseful, emotional tale that asks lots of gigantic 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 truly gradual fuse and development the strain to an insufferable pitch whereas making us wager simply how apocalyptic the last word explosion could be. . . . it's a high-wire act, a wonderment, and an outstanding accomplishment from a reputation we’ll be seeing again.”—Sci Fi
From the Hardcover edition.