Lightless

  • Title: Lightless
  • Author: C.A. Higgins
  • ISBN: 9780553394443
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lightless 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 emotion
    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 deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do But when a pair of fugitiServing 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 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 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 hidden 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.

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    1. I picked this up because the I saw that the main character shares my name. ;-)And because I love sci-fi. So, I was predisposed to love the book. Unfortunately, I just wasn't able to.The premise: Three crewmembers are aboard an experimental spacecraft, on a top-secret mission, about which even they do not know all the details. The action begins when they discover and capture two men who have illicitly boarded their craft. Are the men simple burglars or space pirates? Or are they affiliated with a [...]

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    2. After great deliberation, I nudged this one up to three stars, but if it wasn't for the end, I would have left it well in the comfortable two.I was annoyed for the majority of the novel, knowing that the stilted characters could have had more life, that there could have been more hints as to who, exactly, was supposed to be the hero of the tale, or, indeed, if there was one at all that I could sit back and watch, going, "Oh, well I don't like that person too much, but at least they're painted pr [...]

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    3. melissa413readsalotI 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 Pl [...]

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    4. While reading Lightless, I couldn't help but think of another novel I read earlier this year - Admiral, by another first time author, Sean Danker. Both novels are futuristic, space-based thrillers that limited the scope of the action to a relatively confined space, while gradually revealing bits and pieces of a larger framework. Admiral is a superior book for any number of reasons, but the key difference is that at the end of Admiral, I really couldn't wait to see what Danker had in store for us [...]

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    5. So. That was weird. This book is oddly boring and somehow also won't let you go. I don't know why. Nothing is happening for 75% of the pages your read. Yet I found it hard to put down. Not because I particularly even cared for the characters. If I had to take a wild guess I'd say it was because I just wanted to know how it ended. The ending I'll admit, was pretty good. (Possible minor spoilers ahead if you haven't read the blurb.) The first chapter, although absurdly long, was great. Althea's sh [...]

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    6. I mean, I guess I can understand why so many people have given this book only 1 or 2 stars. A lot of it is one woman trying to fix her ships computer, and huge swathes of text are devoted to another woman interrogating a prisoner, and so it seems that not much is happening a lot of the time. But, on the other hand, it's like, did you people even read the same book as me? Because this book is fantastic. It's amazing. It's the best book I've read all year, and I know it's only February but I know [...]

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    7. Some very cool ideas - an experimental spaceship with a black hole at its core, the birth of an AI, rebellion against a tyrannical surveillance state. However, the main thread of the plot is an interrogation which just goes on and on and on in frankly boring tedium. The dialogue wasn't clever and snappy enough, the twists weren't sharp enough, to carry those scenes. The ending was pretty great though, and I intend to continue the series.

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    8. This book starts off as a full 5-star winner and then drives off a cliff down into the broken 1-star rocks at the bottom. So I'm settling on 2 stars. No. You know what? One star. And here's why: In space, no one can hear you yawn.Yes, as numerous others have said, the marketing copy of "Gravity meets Aliens" is bullshit. A good book can compensate for bad blurbs; this one can't. You can also read a plot summary in a dozen other reviews, so I won't go there.What I will say that hasn't been said b [...]

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    9. When I saw this book compared to Gravity and Alien, I had to check it out. I seem to be the minority when it comes to this book and not liking it. I am a fan of sci-fi stories so I was very bummed that this book was such a downer for me. There was nothing entertaining about the story, the characters, or even the location. I got to almost part 2 of this book and put it down. I actually had to force myself to pick this book up again. This is because I still at this point had high hopes that the bo [...]

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    10. Read this review and more at Book Geeks Uncompromised!This was one of the very few purchases of mine that I just picked up at the bookstore without having heard anything about it. I had never seen any reviews on it, no blogs talking about it. It interested me just by the back cover blurb and because of my lack of previous info on it, I went into it with zero expectations either way. And I am really happy about that and I think that I read it at the perfect time.After just finishing the behemoth [...]

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    11. This book came highly recommended by a website that I SHOULD have known would lead me astray, as they tend to get far too enthusiastic and kind towards debut novels. But the premise sounded interesting and the author's background as a recent graduate of Cornell with a physics degree made me hopeful that maybe, at least the ideas in this book would be interesting if perhaps a bit rough around the edges.So I bought it.This Alright, this is not the worst book I read. By any means. Some of the side [...]

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    12. This book had a solid list of things I enjoy: a restricted setting, a strange, looming spaceship, a female mechanic more comfortable with machines than people, a gruff, military father figure. Beyond those, it also worked as both a hard sci-fi story and a thriller, with memorable characters and a gripping, unpredictable finale. The writing emphasized the physicality and proximity of the characters without ever feeling sophomoric or voyeuristic. The unpredictability of the ending could be down to [...]

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    13. Not too bad as a debut. Some ideas are really good, however the execution is a bit rough on the edges, with dull periods interspersed with brilliant moments.I can see good potential with this author.

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    14. Review also posted on Legendarium Media: legendariummedia/2015/I'm the first to admit I'm not much of a sci-fi reader. I love sci-fi shows and movies (Killjoys, Gravity, Star Trek, Star Wars, etc), but reading the genre usually seems like more of a chore than a pleasure; I feel my eyes glazing over when scientific and mathematical concepts start getting “explained” with no visual representation for my brain to make sense of it. Thankfully, Lightless was rather mild on that front, but that wa [...]

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    15. This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three- [...]

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    16. I give this book two and a half stars but I am rounding it up to three. Fans of the “science” part of the sci-fi genre should enjoy this book. There’s cool stuff like black holes, asteroids getting farmed with a man made atmosphere, people growing up on the dark side of the moon, and lots of “rules of physics”. Crime fans or professionals in the fields of investigations, the military, and well anything to do with running a criminal interview or interrogation DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. I a [...]

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    17. The publisher describes this book as "The deeply moving human drama of Gravity meets the nail-biting suspense of Alien in this riveting science fiction debut." There should be more attention paid to truth in advertising, because this book is absolutely nothing like either of those movies. It is more like a non-suspenseful mashup of a potential terrorist plot and artificial intelligence gone awry.In this book the spaceship the Ananke, designed for secret scientific research, has a three person cr [...]

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    18. An absolutely brilliant SF thriller - I read the last 200 pages in one breathless chunk because I COULD NOT STOP reading! Smart, intense, and full of fascinating and complex characters, including MANY strong women on various sides of big, morally ambiguous issues. I loved it, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

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    19. Lightless is a unique, thought-provoking piece of speculative fiction. While it won't be everyone's cup of tea, Lightless is certain to garner its share of fans.There are several story layers. First there is the outer layer, what is happening aboard the experimental ship Ananke. After an incursion by a pair of thieves, Ananke's shipboard computer is left dangerously in flux. The ship's technician, Althea struggles to fix her beloved ship. The second layer is the interrogation of Ivan, the terror [...]

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    20. REVIEW: LIGHTLESS by C. A. HigginsI love many genres and subgenres, but when I'm engrossed in the midst of British crime fiction, something special is required to jolt my attention. LIGHTLESS did it. This outstanding science fiction debut left me breathless--and yearning impatiently for more. There's a kickin'9 female protagonist with a steel-trap mind akin to the illustrious Stephen Hawking, a spaceship she knows like she knows her own mind, a three-person crew, a System which makes Orwell' s 1 [...]

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    21. 2.5 StarsThis book was compelling. I was anxious to get back to reading it when I had to put it down and the storyline was intriguing. I felt, however, quite underwhelmed once I got to the end.

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    22. I resent every minute I spent reading this stupid, poorly written, pointless book.

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    23. 3.5 Stars Lightless by C.A. Higgins is a really fun science fiction mystery. I wanted to read this book because of it's tight story and small cast of characters, something very rare in the sci-fi and fantasy genres today. I love all things space opera and am a fan boy of the hard boiled mystery. Lightless infuses enough science fiction into this mystery to make it a really fun ride. I devoured this book and my enjoyment level was full marks. My only real issue is that it will be forgettable. Oh [...]

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    24. I read this book because it was recommended to me. The phrase "hard-sci fi" was mentioned. So was the word "thriller." The book was never the former, and only partly the latter.First, about that "hard-sci fi" designation: it isn't a knock against a book that it doesn't fit the strict, highly technical mold of the type that books by people like Greg Egan or Kim Stanley Robinson do. All types of sci fi can feature enjoyable narratives and characters--- some just happen to focus more on the tech an [...]

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    25. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.The problem with this book is that almost everything in it has already happened, and the one important thing that does happen takes place offstage where we can't see it. What do I mean?The premise: there are two invaders that are discovered on a research ship roaming the stars. They are captured, but one escapes. BTW, the author loves her mythology and her symbolism. The remaining captured thief is called "Scheherazad [...]

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    26. Okay, so right up front: this book is not perfect. But it is tense (oh god so tense; I had to take breaks to get through this) and suspenseful and good, and if this is truly a first novel, someday Higgins is going to write something great. I will watch her career with interest, is what I'm saying. In any list of the things I liked about this, the characters have to be the first entry. And that's interesting, because the male characters in this book are pretty flat, kind of dull, sort of ciphers; [...]

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    27. 1.5 stars. A debut sci-fi novel which sounded like something I’d enjoy, but I was disappointed. For one thing the blurb is terribly misleading - this story bears no resemblance to Aliens or Gravity or to a “locked-spaceship” mystery.It does take place entirely on a spaceship, but most of the story consists of a long interrogation carried out by a government agent who’s trying to get a prisoner to admit a connection to a terrorist organization. This agent is a shallow, unbelievable charac [...]

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    28. I was given an electronic copy by Random House Publishing Group: Del Rey Spectra and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.Althea knew something was wrong on the Ananke, the spaceship on which she is the computer expert, but her training ultimately helped her pinpoint the issue. A blue-eyed traveler, along with his companion, illegally boarded the ship for reasons unknown. Identified by the ship's systems as thieves, their possible terrorist connections alarm Althea and her shipmate Domiti [...]

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    29. I know you’ve heard this before and as trite as it is I can’t think of a better way to say it. Lightless was a novel I wanted to like a lot; a whole lot. And like it I did, just not as much as I wanted to. There, I’ve said it. I’m hoping I’m not punishing author C.A. Higgins for my expectations but I believe I’m being fair. Lightless is the story of the good ship Ananke and those who serve on her as well as those who visit her. The entire story takes place on the Ananke and half of t [...]

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    30. I got about ten pages into this book before I had to stop. Basically, the writing wasn't great, the story didn't make any sense, and it was peppered with random Twilightisms.I mean, look. I guess we're in the far future on a highly advanced spaceship. The very first thing we are told is that the main character knows her ship so well that she's subconsciously sensed some slight nuance with the ship that means something's wrong. We're told this twice! But then it turns out that she was actually cl [...]

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