The Gone World

The Gone World

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"I promise you have never read a story like this."--Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter

Inception meets True Detective in this science fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope that follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind...

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL's family--and to locate his vanished teenage daughter. Though she can't share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra --a ship assumed lost to the currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL's experience with the future has triggered this violence.

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence to crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it's not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time's horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.

Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
ISBN: 9780399167508
0399167501
Branch Call Number: FICTION SWETERLITSCH
Characteristics: 388 pages : illustration ; 24 cm

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Lara Allison Jones
Apr 23, 2018

Intense, unique, and gritty! Time-travel storylines always leave me feeling a bit lost, but I believe that was intentional on the author's part. I don't know that I learned a lot from this book, but I did think a lot while reading it. I enjoyed how the story unfolded, the protagonist's mission & tenacity, the fact that she had a disability, which is figuratively often the case with detective novels - though rarely literally. I loved how consistently dark the tone was...and I loved the relationships w/I the novel too...though they do not always play out as anticipated.

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theequ1nn
Mar 21, 2018

What a superb fantastic SF story. Murder mystery, wormholes , back and forth through time. The story line never became dull, page after page the plot line was filled with surprises.

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