Ahoy there me mateys! So I absolutely loved the author’s tomorrow and tomorrow. So when I heard that he had written another book, I immediately got me hands on a copy. And it was absolutely wonderful.
This book is a sci-fi, thriller, and murder mystery dealing with space travel, Lovecraftian themes, and multi-universes. It bears some resemblance to dark matter at very first glance but it very, very different to me way of thinking. Part of that is based on how the humans try to save the world from destruction. Part of that is because the author can really do some stark world building. Part of it is based on how dense the plotlines can be at times. I don’t even like Lovecraftian stuff and I thought it was used extremely well in this.
The other aspect is the protagonist, Shannon. She simply rocks. The set-up for how ye get to know her is awesome and weird. But hang with it and things do (mostly) get explained. Going with Shannon on her journey to catch a killer and save the world was exhilarating. How the time travel is used in this book and how it affects Shannon was crafty and twisty and so much fun.
This is a book that takes some mental wrangling. I read a hardcopy and did do some light flipping back and forth to clarify details. But I was completely and utterly engrossed by this book. I have to say that I didn’t really read the blurb or reviews about this book before reading. I trusted that the author would give me something worth reading and he did. I provided the blurb below for convenience but I don’t suggest ye read it. I do suggest ye read both of Thomas Sweterlitsch’s novels though. Arrrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
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 teenage daughter, who has disappeared. 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 darkest 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 or insight that will 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.
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