Inception meets True Detective in this science fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope that follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind...
“I promise you have never read a story like this.”—Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter
Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL's family—and to locate his vanished teenage daughter. Though she can't share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra—a ship assumed lost to the currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL's experience with the future has triggered this violence.
Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence to crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it's not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time's horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.
Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.
This chronological pretzel of a science fiction thriller embeds a murder investigation into an alien mystery that could end humankind. In 1997, NCIS Special Agent Shannon Moss is on the trail of a missing Navy SEAL who may have murdered his family. She ends up tracking him through her own past and into the near future, thanks to a secret military project that travels through time and space. Unfortunately, the futures to which she travels aren't guaranteed to come about, so they're inadmissible as evidence. Worse, she finds increasing signs that all possible futures are doomed by an alien intrusion called the White Hole. Bouncing back and forth in time, Shannon pieces together how the crew of a missing spaceship are linked to a terrorist conspiracy, and looks for ways to disrupt the chain of events that leads to the White Hole. Sweterlitsch (Tomorrow and Tomorrow) invests the reader in Shannon's struggles to save the world and rescue those trapped in the "thin space" where time loops endlessly. Unfortunately, the well-plotted resolution that unravels the knotty time puzzle also undoes everything that makes Shannon worth following through this complex story.
A tangled web
Not like anything I’ve read before! The main characters personalities are always radically changing as Moss travels different time lines. Friend or foe, which will it be this time? She has to adapt to each as she tries to save Earth. Wonderful story telling.
Good, fast read
I read this book on a long drive home. Some parts lost me, but I still enjoyed the book. I am a fan of time travel in general, but this book explored new ways to envision it.
The kitchen sink, the bathroom sink, and everything else
I love books about time travel, alternate universes, the multi-verse, the whole genre. This book was interesting and entertaining, but as it went on, it became WAY too dense. It’s like the author was trying to cram in every possible scenario of the genre into one book.
Three-quarters of the way through I was thinking “Is this ever going to end?” Finally, I just started skimming the pages, determined to finish it and move on.
Great concept, and well written, but it could have been pared down significantly. And I mean, like seriously - a lot.