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Final Days [Hardcover]

Gary Gibson
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5 Aug 2011

But this new mode of transportation comes at a price and there are risks. Saul Dumont knows this better than anyone. He’s still trying to cope with the loss of the wormhole link to the Galileo system, which has stranded him on Earth far from his wife and child for the past several years.

Only weeks away from the link with Galileo finally being re-established, he stumbles across a conspiracy to suppress the discovery of a second, alien network of wormholes which lead billions of years in the future. A covert expedition is sent to what is named Site 17 to investigate, but when an accident occurs and one of the expedition, Mitchell Stone, disappears – they realise that they are dealing with something far beyond their understanding.

When a second expedition travels via the wormholes to Earth in the near future of 2245 they discover a devastated, lifeless solar system - all except for one man, Mitchell Stone, recovered from an experimental cryogenics facility in the ruins of a lunar city.

Stone may be the only surviving witness to the coming destruction of the Earth. But why is he the only survivor — and once he’s brought back to the present, is there any way he and Saul can prevent the destruction that’s coming?

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; 1st Edition edition (5 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230748775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230748774
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prior to becoming a professional writer, Gary Gibson worked for an environmental agency, but left shortly after other members of staff attempted to levitate a local bridge as a protest against road traffic.

Following this, he worked as a graphic designer for a printing firm that turned out to be run by a gang of convicted forgers, hastening his departure, and then for a small publishing company otherwise notable only for producing a Freddie Mercury impersonator well-known on the Scottish cabaret circuit. Until recently he resided in Taipei with his wife, and is pleased to say that the only lunatic he has to answer to these days is himself.

He has a blog at

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`Kicking off a promising new series, Gibson handles a big plot with some aplomb.'
--BBC Focus

'High-octane action, terrific future tech and a superbly imagined alien civilisation help to make this a page-turning belter from one of our best exponents of hardcore SF adventure' --Daily Mail

'Handles a big plot with some aplomb' --BBC Focus

About the Author

Gary Gibson, who has worked as a graphic designer and magazine editor in his home town of Glasgow, began writing at the age of fourteen. He lives in Glasgow and is currently working on the second book continuing the story from Final Days.

His previous novels include the Shoal series with Dakota Merrick: Stealing Light, Nova War and Empire of Light.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 10 Aug 2011
By M. Yon
Gary's latest, his fifth novel, is a novel of future apocalypse and wormholes. Written in a fast paced style from a number of different people's viewpoints, it is a cracking holiday read.

The story is set in 2235. The key premise of the tale is that wormholes, if one end is accelerated to relativistic speeds, can allow people to travel hundreds of light years quickly. People who travel outside the gate can eventually catch up with the people who have travelled through the gate but only by travelling at standard speeds. Thus we appear to travel in time, with those going through the wormholes able to travel into the future, so to speak.

We start the novel with an expedition. One of the things that wormhole travel has allowed humans to do is explore places far from Earth. There are relics out in the universe of other races, though seemingly long gone, which are being carefully explored. When an expedition is sent to Vault 17 in Gate Delta, a now-deserted Gateway of wormholes, Jeff Cairns sees two of their members seemingly killed, but then, moments later, one of them, Mitchell Stone, re-appears.

This is one of many mysteries the wormholes seem to have. On Earth, the loss of a wormhole connection to the Galileo colony a few years back, for reasons unknown, is another that has become a concern. The two places have yet to be re-connected (and as time goes on may or may not be due to what is happening on Earth.) Saul Dumont knows this better than anyone. He's still trying to cope with the loss of the wormhole link to the Galileo system, which has stranded him on Earth far from his wife and child for the past several years.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, lazy, soggy sci-fi. 9 Mar 2013
By Willy Eckerslike TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Hmmm...tricky one, this. I tried to like it, honest, but the alleged intricate plot, compelling characters and superbly imagined alien civilisation were nowhere to be seen. What I saw was a plot predicated on a very esoteric bit of physics (time travel via FTL wormholes), sloppy grammar, an over abundance of shallow, disposable characters and a disappointing linear and unfulfilling plot. Think Tom Clancy does the script for a Stargate game and you won't be too far from the truth. I had hoped, all the way through, that there would be some overarching conspiracy to add some meat to the paltry plot but it never happened. You are left with loose ends flapping about all over the place and an overall impression of `why?'; what was the point of the story but mostly why have I just spent several weeks of bed-time reads struggling to enjoy this?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre sci fi 21 Sep 2012
By arunmuk
This book seems throughout to be written more as a screen play for a Hollywood disaster movie rather than a key work of science fiction. The writing is designed for a quick page turner and the "science" bits are quickly skimmed over. When a key character gets into a difficult spot he always "somehow" gets out of it. The regular use of "somehow" to skip to the next point in the plot I found particularly irritating. However, if you want an action page turner and you are not too bothered with the science fiction part it is fine. However, Peter F Hamilton, Neil Asher, Hannu Rajaniemi among others are all putting out new novels and I would recommend these ahead of Final Days.
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Final Days is one of those novels that has a hook in its opening pages that you will seize on to. Far in the distant future, during a time of few stars, when most galaxies have died, a team of scientists are exploring Site 17, the enigmatic remains of an alien civilisation. These enormous and dangerous ruins form the final destination of a network of wormholes through which mankind has begun to populate the universe. Two members of this secret expedition are consumed by a liquid in a pit that is so destructive a sample cannot be collected. Nevertheless, one of the men - Mitchell Stone - emerges, naked and unharmed but in shock. They return through the wormholes to 2235, the present day of the novel.

The wormholes, then, cross great swathes of space but they can also travel through time. Much of mankind, though, is being kept from the full knowledge of the networks and the alien Founders. Another secret expedition into the near future of Luna (the moon) reveals a devastated solar system, with only one human being surviving - Mitchell Stone preserved in a cryogenics lab. He is returned to earth, as is video revealing the final days of Earth, in the process of destruction by enormous growths towering from the oceans.

Saul Dumont knows all too well the power of the wormholes. His wife and daughter are stranded on the distant planet of Galileo, the wormhole having malfunctioned. While he waits for another wormhole to be connected, ten years on and in just a matter of weeks, he uncovers the truth that the government does not want him or anyone else to know - the truth of the imminent final days of Earth.

Through the novel we follow Saul and a number of other individuals who all know more than they should.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe
What ruined this book for me was the time-travel-by-wormhole stuff. I am not by any means a physics expert, but I just couldn't suspend my disbelief. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Darryl Godfrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced
This is a great story. Full of action and a good pace. All characters and plots are relevant and enhance the overall story. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Booklover
3.0 out of 5 stars Got lost in the plot
Full of great ideas and seems to be full of promise, just poorly laid out. I have read some very convoluted stories in my time but this one is really disjointed. Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. Ives
3.0 out of 5 stars Flash Forward
This novel has a straightforward style and the story moves along quite briskly. There's a lot of action, and although not brilliantly described, this novel was better than many... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kublai
2.0 out of 5 stars A futuristic tour... Around the American Midwest?
Gary Gibson is starting to get into the habit of creating awe inspiring futuristic settings and vast star-spanning societies... Read more
Published 21 months ago by GazGroarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Top sci fi
Couldnt put this down till I finished it. The first but not the last Gary Gibson book I will read.
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!
Overall a good read. It maintains a sense of mystery throughout while the plot builds in intensity resulting in a explosive and satisfying end. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Stu
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Enjoyable Story Telling
This is a solid, good read. I found the characters engaging the story idea interesting and it leaves room for follow on Novels with a good balance of questions answered and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Richard Hedd
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New
Alien technology destroying earth, wormholes, a little time travelling trick that I still havent quite got my head around involving 2 wormoles, self serving beurocracy. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Linx
2.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas but poor plot and characterisation
I enjoyed the shoal series so eagerly looked forward to this new series. Unfortunately I was very disappointed, the books premise was a great idea, but the plot was extremely... Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2012 by David
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