The deeply moving human drama of Gravity meets the nail-biting suspense of Alien in this riveting science fiction debut. With bold speculation informed by a degree in astrophysics, C. A. Higgins spins an unforgettable “locked spaceship” mystery guaranteed to catapult readers beyond their expectations—and into brilliantly thrilling new territory.
Serving aboard the Ananke,
an experimental military spacecraft launched by the ruthless
organization that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist
Althea has established an intense emotional bond—not with any of her
crewmates, but with the ship’s electronic systems, which speak more
deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of
fugitive terrorists gain access to the Ananke, Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship.
While one of the saboteurs remains at large somewhere on board, his
captured partner—the enigmatic Ivan—may prove to be more dangerous. The
perversely fascinating criminal whose silver tongue is his most
effective weapon has long evaded the authorities’ most relentless
surveillance—and kept the truth about his methods and motives well
As the ship’s systems begin to malfunction and the
claustrophobic atmosphere is increasingly poisoned by distrust and
suspicion, it falls to Althea to penetrate the prisoner’s layers of
intrigue and deception before all is lost. But when the true nature of
Ivan’s mission is exposed, it will change Althea forever—if it doesn’t
kill her first. @goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1302091383 3 STARS
I do not think the blurb is correct in stating this has any semblance
what-so-ever to do with "Gravity" or "Aliens" and I'm not sure why it
was described this way.
I thought the book was great in the
beginning. You have the 3-person crew which consists of the Captain
Domitian, the scientific officer Gagnon, and the system mechanic Althea.
They are aboard the ship Ananke which is just one ship in the System
Intelligence Agency. I liked the fact that they were on their way to
Pluto! They traveled around to the different planets in our galaxy.
had intruders board the ship that were affiliated with a terrorist
agency. Their names were Ivanov and Gale, using just last names here.
Domitian and Althea caught them and put them in separate holding
chambers. Gale ends up getting away, downloads a virus to their ship and
takes off in the escape pod.
I thought all of this was very
exciting and I loved Althea trying to figure out what Gale had done to
her computer, it was causing a lot of trouble with the ship in different
The boring part (to me) comes when Ida Stays from System
Intelligence comes to interrogate the prisoners. She is very upset they
let Gale get away, but it is what it is. A whole drawn out section of
the book is about this interrogation with Ivanov about things that
happened in the past and with the terrorist group. It's just a
never-ending conversation. I'm sure it will be fine for some people,
this is just my opinion, but I found after so long it was just boring
However, all of the things going on with Althea and
the ship is really interesting. She finds out more and more disturbing
things that have been done to the the ship and how it is changing. I
can't really say what happens as that will give away the ending. I can
say the ending is good and I wonder what is going to happen in the
**I would like to thank NETGALLEY and RANDOMHOUSE
PUBLISHING GROUP for giving me the opportunity to read this ARC for my