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By C. A. Higgins

NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE 12 months BY BUZZFEED AND KIRKUS REVIEWSWith deeply relocating human drama, nail-biting suspense--and daring hypothesis trained by way of 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 through the ruthless association that ideas Earth and its sunlight procedure, computing device scientist Althea has demonstrated an extreme 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 center and soul for the energy to safeguard her cherished ship.

whereas one of many saboteurs is still 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 most popular weapon has lengthy refrained from the authorities' such a lot relentless surveillance--and saved the reality approximately his equipment and factors good hidden.

because the ship's structures start to malfunction and the claustrophobic surroundings is more and more poisoned by means of 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 genuine nature of Ivan's venture is uncovered, it is going to switch Althea forever--if it doesn't kill her first.

Praise for Lightless

"Gripping . . . sci-fi with a touch of thriller."--New York Daily News

"[A] measured, beautiful science-fiction debut [that is] extra mental mystery . . . contained, disciplined, stressful . . . The plot is compulsive. . . . Lightless is the 1st of a deliberate sequence, and also you can't support anticipating studying what's next."--The manhattan Times

"Lightless is stuffed with suspense and enjoyable as hell to read."--BuzzFeed

"Absolutely wonderful . . . this can be technology fiction because it is intended to be performed: clinical recommendations wedded to and outfitted 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 always ratchets up the stress. . . . A suspenseful, emotional tale that asks lots of massive questions about id and freedom, it is a debut to not be missed."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A taut, suspenseful read."--Tech Times

"Lightless is an workout in lights a really sluggish fuse and construction 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

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Moreland scratched on the back of a gas station receipt, looking for the girlfriend who set up the date between his client and J. T. Cummings, the only person Dana can think of who can corroborate her story. The first number is disconnected. The other is the home of a Mexi­ can woman who sounds to be about eighty. She’s never heard of Dana Moreland. Jay leaves a note on Eddie Mae’s desk: they’ve got to find the witness. He gets home late, after eight o’clock. Bernie is already in bed, snoring. She left a plate for him on the stove.

Charlie passes on a cross-exam. For his direct, he walks a sta­ pled stack of papers to the judge’s bench: the cop’s affidavit and the original police report. The judge reads the pages in silence while they all wait. The court reporter checks a chipped nail. The bailiff looks at his watch. Out in the hallway, they can hear rubber soles squeaking on the linoleum and one side of an argu­ ment about who has the best catfish plate, Delfina’s on Main or Guido’s. Finally, Judge Hicks looks up, looks right at Jay.

By now, he’s onto the hustle. “If I could just get a little money,” the guy starts. “I’ll pay you back, I swear. ” Jay stands and shows him to the door. The hooker is the only bright spot on the horizon. He tries a couple of phone numbers Ms. Moreland scratched on the back of a gas station receipt, looking for the girlfriend who set up the date between his client and J. T. Cummings, the only person Dana can think of who can corroborate her story. The first number is disconnected. The other is the home of a Mexi­ can woman who sounds to be about eighty.

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