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After Atlas (Planetfall)

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  241 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Roc
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Dec 02, 2016 Justine rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
4.5 stars

I really liked this one. Although technically a sequel to Planetfall, instead of being set on the planet where the events of the last book took place, After Atlas is a crime novel set on Earth 40 years after the colonists of Planetfall departed.

I don't really read many crime novels or murder mysteries, but this one appealed to me. Newman's writing and characterisation are spot on, and captured a definite sense of gritty realism in the dystopian future she has created. As much as I wan
Oct 08, 2016 Carly rated it really liked it
After Atlas proves that, yes indeed, Emma Newman can do cyberpunk.

Good news: although it takes place in the same world as Newman's earlier novel, After Atlas can be read without Planetfall, and if the idea of a discussion of agency wrapped around a police procedural taking place in a world remade by gov-corps sounds appealing while an exploration of OCD on an alien planet does not, then I'd definitely recommend jumping straight ahead to After Atlas. You'll miss a certain amount of dramatic irony
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Dec 30, 2016 Rachel (Kalanadi) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
There MUST be a direct sequel coming!! This can't just be it!
Nov 19, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it
Actually very close to five stars

Wow! This kept me turning the pages and guessing up till the end. It's a stand alone book but refers to Planetfall. While both books are character studies (and perhaps Planetfall is somewhat more believable) After Atlas handles the political details and mystery very very well. Very glad someone in the Buddy Reads group recommended this!
Dec 22, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Planetfall series by Emma Newman, and I certainly hope more books are coming in the future. In Planetfall, a group of explorers lead by their religious leader called the "Pathfinder" strike out to find a new planet which is believed to be the seat of god. After Atlas takes the series in a totally different direction and focuses on the lives of those left behind on Earth. As such, events and characters in the two books are completely separate and the novels may be r ...more
Brianne Reeves
Aug 15, 2016 Brianne Reeves rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I just...This can't possibly be the end! What happens next?!
David Harris
Nov 27, 2016 David Harris rated it it was amazing
Emma Newman continues to impress me with her smart, slightly twisted takes on SF - in this case, she asks "what about those left behind?"

The earlier book, Planetfall, set in the same universe as After Atlas, focussed on human settlers to a new world some 20 years in. It showed how they had been drawn there by almost religious fervour, and what happened next - with a startling twist. The concept reminded me of classic Star Trek except for the deep, empathetic portrayal of the main character and h
Aug 03, 2016 Tammy rated it really liked it
In Planetfall we learn what happened to the people who followed the Pathfinder into the stars on the ship Atlas. In After Atlas we learn what happened to those left behind.

The Earth is ruled by corporate governments, indentured servitude (slavery) is common, and it's thought that losing the scientists who left on Atlas set discovery and invention back decades across the world. It's forty years After Atlas and it's time to open the capsule they left behind.

Govcorp detective Carlos Moreno lost h
Christina Pilkington
Dec 07, 2016 Christina Pilkington rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I read Planetfall about a month ago and fell in love with it. I didn't have to think twice about giving it 5 stars. I loved the writing, the character development, the technology, the plot, the ending. Everything about it was perfect for me.

So at first I was hesitant to pick up After Atlas. I was scared it wouldn't live up to my expectations. But thankfully, although it wasn't quite a five star read for me, it was still an impressive book and thoroughly engaging to read.

The writing it
Sep 22, 2016 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Did I love it as much as Planetfall? No. Why? I am so bored of dystopian fiction even when it's done well. Still is this worth reading? Yes, it's a fun, if grim dark, ride.

Full review to come closer to the release.

I received a copy of this book through netgalley for review.
Tammy Sparks
Nov 07, 2016 Tammy Sparks rated it really liked it

The nitty-gritty: Another page turner from Emma Newman, an addictive mystery full of twists and turns, set in a future full of scary possibilities.

I enjoyed Planetfall last year, which I read during Sci-Fi Month 2015, but I was stunned by how much more I loved After Atlas, a “companion” novel which takes place in the same world but follows different characters and has a completely different story line. After Atlas references some events and characters from the first book, but you certainly don’t

Dec 02, 2016 Phil rated it it was amazing
I've read some excellent books so far this year, but this is the only one whose ending has had such an impact on me that I couldn't stop thinking about it for several days afterwards. I actually had to gave myself a couple of days before starting another book in order to process it properly.

A cyberpunk detective story set on Earth years after the crew of Atlas left it behind in Planetfall. The central mystery is satisfying and the way the case develops and leads to new revelations progresses log
Karen Wyle
Nov 23, 2016 Karen Wyle rated it really liked it
I loved Newman's previous novel Planetfall, to which this is a sequel, but I don't remember its details that well. This did not prove a problem: the sequel stands quite well on its own, although the departure of the Atlas mission had crucial consequences for protagonist Carlos Moreno, as his mother left Carlos and his father to be part of that mission. As the story opens, forty years after Atlas took off, the world is awaiting the opening of a capsule supposed to contain some revelation concerni ...more
Nov 14, 2016 Jenny rated it it was amazing
One doesn't need to have read Planetfall by Emma Newman to enjoy this book. It takes place in the same universe, but back on Earth, with those who have not made the trip to the planet that is the setting for the first story.

This book is a near-noir detective novel. It does take place in our future, with more tech than Sam Spade had access to, but the feeling is very similar. There is a murder. It is tangentially connected to the characters in Planetfall, but knowing that is not necessary to understand what is going on
Nov 20, 2016 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, crime, reviewed
After Atlas mixes two of my favourite things, a not too distant future world setting and a murder mystery. It has a Phillip K Dick vibe to it, but without the relentless depression. As my boyfriend says, it's like Harrison Ford chasing humans instead of androids!

Anyway, the world Emma Newman has created is familiar yet futuristic and feels real. Food is now printed instead of cooked, cars are automated, your smartphone is now a chip in your head that leaves you always connected and able to acce
Nov 11, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a godsend, honestly. I listened to it the week after the 2016 presidential election and it was a distraction I desperately needed. I realize not everyone wants dystopian noir right now, but it was mostly being about to read a new book by an author whose work always resonates with me that I needed. And this was no exception.
Aside from that, it was also a compelling and fascinating story. I loved the world she envisioned, I love all the thought she put into policing in a connected f
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Nov 08, 2016 Mogsy (MMOGC) rated it really liked it
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

UPDATED: Sci-Fi Month Giveaway (US) for After Atlas running 11/8/16-11/18/16

While After Atlas takes place in the same cosmos as Planetfall, it is more accurate to call it a companion novel than a true sequel. If you were like me and were confused by the ending of the first book, I’m afraid you’ll not find many answers here. There are mentions to previous events, but at best the l
Nov 13, 2016 Lori rated it really liked it
I liked this even more than Planetfall, and oh! That ending! But it wasn't just the ending that made this 4 stars, nope, the whole book is solid.
Talk about a sucker punch ending.
Maggie Gordon
After Atlas is a companion novel to Planetfall, taking place back on Earth with characters who were left behind. Specifically, our protagonist is Carlos, a man owned by the Noropean Ministry of Justice. Yes, I said owned. This is a neoliberal dystopia. The world is largely controlled by gov-corps, and individuals can easily find themselves owned by employers. Carlos' mother was chosen for the Atlas mission, but his father was excluded at the last minute, and he rapidly fell into a deep depressio ...more
Nov 23, 2016 Jacqie rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is set in the same universe as Newman's "Planetfall". The main character is a man who is the child of one of the Atlas crew, which set off more than a generation ago to find an alien world which might hold the answer to the question of God. Carlos Moreno and his father were not taken on the Atlas, and their lives have been about their response to that abandonment. Carlos's father chose to take them to an ant
Matthew Lloyd
Jan 11, 2017 Matthew Lloyd rated it really liked it
After Atlas is not-quite a sequel to Emma Newman's 2015 novel Planetfall , which was one of my favourite books of 2015. While Planetfall was largely a straightforward science fiction colonization story, After Atlas takes the form of a detective story. As well as Planetfall, I also love both science fiction and detective stories, so I was really looking forward to After Atlas. For the most part, it doesn't disappoint.

After Atlas begins by introducing us to Carlos Moreno: detective, indentured se
Tsana Dolichva
Jan 08, 2017 Tsana Dolichva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Atlas by Emma Newman is a companion novel to Planetfall, which I previously reviewed here. You don't have to have read Planetfall to read After Atlas — both books stand alone entirely — but some background/historical context for After Atlas will be clearer sooner if you've read the other book first. Even if you spend most of After Atlas trying to remember the names of the Planetfall characters before caving and checking when you're near the end, as I did. Also, it should be possible to rea ...more
Nov 24, 2016 Lindsay rated it really liked it
A detective story in a horrific dystopian future set in the Earth that was left behind by the Atlas in the book Planetfall.

Carlos Moreno is a detective and an indentured slave to the Norope Ministry of Justice. He's also one of the only people ever to leave the Circle, the cult that originated the Atlas spaceship that took off in search of God. Now, many years later, the leader of the Circle is dead and apparently murdered, and Carlos has been put in charge of the politically charged investigati
Sarah Anderson
Nov 04, 2016 Sarah Anderson rated it it was amazing
Full Review:

Carlos – or Carl, for short – is a detective for Norope’s ministry of Justice, serving out a fifty year contract before he can be free. Only a baby when Atlas took off with his mother, the media’s been on his back for years trying to get him to talk about how it feels to be abandoned like that. His past is murky, and filled in in small increments as he leads the investigation into the murder of Casales. He has a history with Alejandro: his fat
Kay Cheung
Dec 12, 2016 Kay Cheung rated it really liked it
It's so hard to explain how I feel about this book. Let's say it's a mix of fondness, sadness, and fear.

To start with the easy things:
I really enjoyed Planetfall, so it's great to read a story that ties in with the same version of the future.
This one is set on Earth, but it still has a wonderful visionary quality to it - instead of the alien landscapes it gives us a sociological landscape in which food is printed and every transaction is negotiated by an implanted personal assistant chip. And to
Hisham El-far
Jan 16, 2017 Hisham El-far rated it it was amazing
After Atlas is amazing.

Set in a cyberpunk/noir-esque future (Think Bladerunner) where almost everyone has a chip in their head connecting them to the online world around them and their own onboard personal AI helper (APA). Ever have trouble remembering names? Your APA will remind you who your looking at/talking to. Want to listen to esoteric bohemian chanting monks with a prog-rock synth background? Your APA will pipe it straight into your brain - no earphones required. Want something a bit more
Jennifer Jamieson
Nov 14, 2016 Jennifer Jamieson rated it it was amazing
Carlos Moreno just wants to be left alone. Since his mother left on the Atlas to follow the Pathfinder all those years ago, the press has looked at him as the abandoned child. Now that the time capsule the crew buried before leaving is about to be unearthed, everyone seems to want a statement from him.

Carlos was left behind on Earth by his mother, but his father seemed to want to leave reality behind when she left him there too. First he retreated within himself, then he retreated into the cult
Sarah Anne
Wow! This was even better than I hoped. I enjoyed Planetfall but it takes a couple of very odd turns so I was a tiny bit wary of this one.

This is a dystopian detective sci-fi with a likable and sympathetic protagonist. It takes place on Earth 40 years after the Atlas, whose story is told in Planetfall took off looking for God. Carlos is a man who fled a cult at the age of 16 and has gone through some truly horrific experiences in the meantime and is now owned by the Ministry of Justice. Yes, I d
Jan 12, 2017 Todd rated it really liked it
I received my copy of After Atlas through a giveaway.

I really enjoyed this book. It started a little slow, but didn’t take long to pick up pace, and from there I was hooked. The story is largely a police procedural set in the future, except that the lead investigator, Carlos (Carl) Moreno, is actually an indentured servant to the Ministry of Justice. He is the best at what he does, and is admired or feared by most he encounters, with virtually none of them understanding his true situatio
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Emma Newman writes dark short stories and science fiction and urban fantasy novels.

'Between Two Thorns', the first book in Emma's Split Worlds urban fantasy series, was shortlisted for the BFS Best Novel and Best Newcomer awards.

Emma's latest book, Planetfall, is a standalone science fiction novel published by Roc.

Emma is a professional audiobook narrator and also co-writes and hosts the Hugo-no
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