Extinction Game : The Apocalypse Duology: Book One Paperback
by Gary Gibson
Part of the The Apocalypse Duology series
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?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 07/05/2015
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781447242727
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Review by SheilaDeeth
Gary Gibson’s the Extinction Game starts with a wonderfully imagined frozen world where one man fights for survival. Dogs have become feral. Ice has covered the land. And it’s the winter of mankind’s existence. Then everything, including the story, changes.Extinction, it seems, could come from multiple directions, perhaps even simultaneously, and the brave lone survivor becomes one of many in a team of extinction explorers. Characters, mystery and plot take on a computer game-like feel, as the team is compelled to collect ancient artifacts without ever knowing quite way. Politics lurks behind the scenes with hints of terror and questions that shouldn’t be asked. And then the story begins to take shape again as threats become real.Questions of identity, selfhood and self-determination; issues of terrorism and plot; the value or negation of freedom or free will -- there are serious undercurrents in this tale, bound together with nicely different survivalists, complex situations, well-drawn worlds, and a pleasing sense of personal solutions mattering more than the global. It’s an intriguing, thought-provoking tale that would convert beautifully into a computer game.Disclosure: I read the first few pages in the store and I was hooked.