Thursday, 27 October 2016

Extinction game - Gary Gibson

When your life is based on lies, how do you hunt down the truth? Jerry Beche should be dead. Instead, he's rescued from a desolate Earth where he was the last man alive. He's then trained for the toughest conditions imaginable and placed with a crack team of specialists on an isolated island. Every one of them is a survivor, as each withstood the violent ending of their own alternate Earth. And their new specialism? To retrieve weapons and data in missions to other apocalyptic versions of our world. But what is "the Authority," the shadowy organization that rescued Beche and his fellow survivors? How does it access timelines to find other Earths? And why does it need these instruments of death? As Jerry struggles to obey his new masters, he begins to distrust his new companions. A strange bunch, their motivations are less than clear, and accidents start plaguing their missions. Jerry suspects the Authority is feeding them lies, and team members are spying on him. As a dangerous situation spirals into catastrophe, is there anybody he can trust? 

My thoughts:
We humans to seem to suck. This sci.fi with a very apocalyptic theme is filled with it.

The world ended and Jerry is the only human left (well I guess there could be someone hiding somewhere, but he sure found none.) Then these people show up and take him to another world. He gets sent on missions to other parallel worlds, all which have ended too. Well not all, but those they find are not good ones.

But why are they being sent to parallel worlds? Why are they not told anything? 

It was an interesting book. It felt sort of light too. And wow, so many parallel worlds. 

There is an ending, even if there are open threads. But I did see that there is another book, about another person, and I can't really say more.

Conclusion:
Interesting concept and good story

Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by Pan Macmillan (first published January 1st 2014)
The Apocalypse Duology #1
Sci.fi apocalyptic
Library


40 comments:

  1. We humans do suck. It is the only reason I don't want to survive any apocalypse LOL

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  2. well this sounds a bit confusing o.o but I can see its appeal

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  3. I have seen this around! At this moment I am so parallel-worlded out though, having read a bunch of books this year about this topic. They can be quite confusing, yes.

    ~Mogys @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Me too for some reason, and this one had endless opportunities

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  4. The concept sounds very much my style, but it worries me that you say it's light. I think I'll add it to my reading list, just in case. Thanks. :)

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    1. Do not worry, when I say light I do not compare it to other light books ;) More like lightish for this genre. Not so tech heavy, not so long etc

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  5. Parallel universes would make my brain hurt.

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  6. That sounds like a really interesting premise for a story.

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  7. We humans are really hopeless. Sounds nice.

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    1. Hmm, I wasn't a big fan of the last book I read with multiple versions of our world. I do like the cover on this one though.

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  9. This sounds really interesting. The cover reminds me of The Day After Tomorrow.

    And yeay...when the apocalypse comes...I so want to be the 1st to go.

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  10. Why am I always drawn to books with a destroyed Statue of Liberty on it?

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    1. Considering he lived in England...but oh well it looks cool

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  11. Light? I didn't expect that! Hm... curious and I've been enjoying sci-fi again.

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  12. The cover is certainly eye catching!

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  13. Hmmmmm.... That cover says no, but your review says yes.

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  14. I feel like this would be thick with narration that goes on for days since he's the only man left alive. Not a fan those. Sigh. I do like apocalyptic reads, though. So I'll give it a maybe.

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    1. Not really since those other people from other worlds find home almost at once

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  15. Sounds very interesting. I love that cover. Great review, though it sounded hard to avoid spoilers.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. I really could not say anything, stuff happens, yup

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