5 out of 5 stars
Wow. Just Wow. Wowwy, wow, wow, wow.
I don’t know where to start with this magnificent piece of art. The Gone World was good enough for me to say you should put down what you’re reading now and queue it up. The plotline, the setting, the characters, the narrator…every piece of this experience was incredible.
It almost doesn’t matter what genre you prefer–this book, part criminal investigation, part dystopian, part science fiction, part thriller/mystery, seemingly has something for everyone. Fans of NCIS, the Martian, and All Our Wrong Todays will all enjoy following Shannon Moss through space and time on her quest to solve a murder, find a missing girl, and save humanity.
Tom Sweterlitsch is extraordinarily talented, a master of imagery, characterization, and suspense, capable not only of developing worlds different from our own but of transporting readers through space and time to experience those worlds.
The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
Published by Penguin Audio on February 6th 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Thriller
Inception meets True Detective in this science-fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope. The Gone World follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind.
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 teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can't share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship USS Libra - a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows firsthand 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 or insight that will 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.