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Praise for Planetfall:
"Cathartic and transcendent." - The New York Times
" Exceptionally engaging...A vivid, riveting read." - The Washington Post
"Think Interstellar, think Prometheus...Beautifully written." - Stephen Baxter, national bestselling author of The Light of Other Days
"Gripping, thoughtful science fiction in the vein of Tiptree or Crispin. Unique, timely, and enthralling." - Seanan McGuire, author of Once Broken Faith
"A fascinating and propulsive tale." - Locus
Incredibly well-realized world building Thrilling. --io9.com
A Publishers Weekly Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Book of the Year
"Newman writes with exquisite precision of grief, divided loyalties, and the struggle for self-actualization in this noir-inflected standalone...Gripping and sorrowful." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A lovely locked room mystery in which the stakes are incredibly high and the world is so very engaging....Emma Newman creates addictive page turners." - Starburst Magazine
"Newman combines the classic mystery-novel whodunit with a frighteningly possible reality of corporate-owned governments...The overall feeling of something more sinister happening keeps the pages turning until the unexpected conclusion." - Booklist
"A detective novel on acid...Newman's psychological insight is astute." --The Washington Post
About the Author
Emma Newman is the author of Planetfall and a professional audiobook narrator, narrating short stories and novels in all genres. She also cowrites and hosts the Hugo nominated podcast, Tea and Jeopardy. Emma is a keen role-player, gamer and designer-dressmaker."
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Set in a cyberpunk/noir-esque future (Think Bladerunner) where almost everyone has a chip in their head connecting them to the online world around them and their own onboard personal AI helper (APA). Ever have trouble remembering names? Your APA will remind you who your looking at/talking to. Want to listen to esoteric bohemian chanting monks with a prog-rock synth background? Your APA will pipe it straight into your brain - no earphones required. Want something a bit more immersive? Your APA can jack you into a realistic virtual environment where you can battle aliens, find the treasure and rescue the prince/princess. Of course now that everyone is connected - it's a little tricky to get away with any elaborate criminal activity! So when a prominent person without a chip is brutally murdered, and the governments and lawyers of 3 different governments are fighting each other for jurisdiction - solving the murder is going to be a little bit tricky.
Set within the same world as Emma Newman's previous SF novel Planetfall, After Atlas follows the story of those who were left behind. It's an emotional story of family, guilt, pain and grief. It's also a cracking detective novel set in a grim future.
Packed with visceral storytelling and mystery, this novel twists and turn until almost the end - before punching you in the emotional guts and running away from you!
Contains themes of modern day/future slavery and Gruesome Death.
When he arrives at the hotel where a terrible murder has taken place, nothing goes quite right – but Carlos is under enormous pressure to solve this crime in the shortest possible time. I loved the twists and turns of the murder mystery – and then, just as it all seemed to be wrapped up, Newman flings a complete gamechanger into the story. I couldn’t believe it. I was horrified at what befell Carlos – but oh my word… what a way to change the whole tenor and pace of the story! It is a masterful stroke by a skilful, experienced writer at the top of her game.
From then on, it proved very difficult to put this book down – though I’ll admit to feeling a tad apprehensive that Newman wouldn’t be able to adequately pull together these two major strands she had set running alongside each other. I needn’t have worried. Once more, there was another change – more of a deus ex machina – but I’ll take that, given what Newman manages to do with it. The ending is, once more, completely unexpected. I look forward to reading the next slice of this amazing series next year.
This is a gripping, tautly written novel of high intrigue, suspense and twists. I'm not normally a big fan of whodunnit type mysteries but this kept me absolutely gripped. It's beautifully plotted, everything that happens happens for a reason, all the trailing subplots dovetail perfectly and the final few chapters are really exciting, with a plenty of twists and turns. The world building and characters are all superbly realised, the writing is excellent and well, yes, I'm gushing a little bit here. I loved this book and it's by some distance my favourite of the 4 Clarke award nominees I've read so far. Once I've finished the other two I'm heading straight for Newman's back catalogue! 5 stars.
Superb stuff Ms Newman. I cannot wait for the next instalment.