Wednesday, 19 November 2014
SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Extinction Game - Gary Gibson
Release Date: 11/09/14
When your life is based on lies, how do you hunt down the truth? Jerry Beche should be dead. Instead, he's rescued from a desolate Earth where he was the last man alive. He's then trained for the toughest conditions imaginable and placed with a crack team of specialists on an isolated island. Every one of them is a survivor, as each withstood the violent ending of their own alternate Earth. And their new specialism? To retrieve weapons and data in missions to other apocalyptic versions of our world. But what is 'the Authority', the shadowy organization that rescued Beche and his fellow survivors? How does it access timelines to find other Earths? And why does it need these instruments of death? As Jerry struggles to obey his new masters, he begins to distrust his new companions. A strange bunch, their motivations are less than clear, and accidents start plaguing their missions. Jerry suspects the Authority is feeding them lies, and team members are spying on him. As a dangerous situation spirals into catastrophe, is there anybody he can trust? A riveting, action-packed post-apocalyptic survival story from master of SF, Gary Gibson.
Gary has been an author I’ve followed since his first book was released, I like the way he takes novel idea’s, brings them to the fore and presents them to the reader in such a way that you really can’t let them go until you see how the tale develops.
Its definitely something different to a lot of the Sci-Fi out there and for me, this book has idea’s and concepts that I couldn’t wait to see how the tale played out as survivors of multiple earths are gathered together to raid the civilisations on behalf of the mysterious Authority.
All round the book is a tale that works wonderfully well, the idea’s explored something that will make readers think and when you add Gary’s identifiable writing style with cracking prose and wonderful pace to the fore, you know that you’re in for a treat. Great stuff.