Book Review: The Darwin Elevator

The Darwin Elevator CoverBook: The Darwin Elevator by Jason Hough

Published July 2013 by Del Rey|Pages: 472

Where I Got It: Got the paperback at Mysterious Galaxy!

Series: Dire Earth Cycle #1

Genre: Adult Science Fiction

Goodreads|You can find Jason on goodreads and on facebook.

Goodreads Summary: In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator—created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.

Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura’s edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity.

I’ve been looking forward to The Darwin Elevator for a while, and it’s even the new release I’ve been the most excited about.  I feel like I should start off my review with the fact that I know Jason…and I promise this hasn’t influenced my review any way!

I really, really liked The Darwin Elevator!  I really am not kidding when I say that I’m not even sure where to start.

How about the space elevator itself?  More and more, I love the idea of a space elevator that has suppresses this alien plague.  Actually, I just like the idea of a space elevator.  The map of how the elevator is set up was pretty freaking cool because it made it a lot easier to picture what it actually looked liked.

Also cool: the fact that there are people who are immune.  No one can figure out why they’re immune.  And we’re not just talking about the immunity the aura provides. This group can go out in the world and not have to worry about the alien plague, and I really want to know why! They seem pretty low on the totem pole, which is kind of surprising, considering they can actually, like, go out into the world and everything. Or is that just me?  At any rate, I like the idea of some people having immunity, even though no one knows why.

Speaking of characters: anytime Kantro, Kip Osmak and Mr. Woon was mentioned…while the characters weren’t actually funny, I couldn’t help but smile and/or giggle every single time I saw them!  There’s definitely an assortment of characters, and I can’t wait to see how their stories turn out.  Actually, I really liked that you got to see some of the different characters.  Multiple perspectives don’t always work for me, but this is one case of when it does work really well.  Mostly because you get to see the overall picture, and not one piece of it.  Also: I liked that it’s a day-to-day thing but there’s always something interesting going on, so there’s none of the  same story, different day stuff going on.

I had a lot of fun reading it!  I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next, and everything made sense.  The science-fictiony parts were explained really well, and easy to understand, which is good for someone like me, who only reads YA science fiction every once in a while, which can be sort of fluffy and not super science-y.

Here’s something I want to know: I want to know what’s going on with the Builders!  I like that you know they’re out there, and that they have some sort of plan, and it’s such a mystery that it’s kind of fun to think about what’s going on with them.  But I also really want to know why earth and why the elevator and the plague and the other stuff that I’m not going to give away but be really vague about.

Final Thoughts:

I really am impressed!  I’m actually at a 4.5 in terms of a rating.  I really enjoyed The Darwin Elevator, but I’ve decided to round up and give it 5 stars!


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