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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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
UPDATED: Sci-Fi Month Giveaway (US) for After Atlas running 11/8/16-11/18/16 https://bibliosanctum.com/2016/11/08/...
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 ...more
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 ...more
After Atlas begins by introducing us to Carlos Moreno: detective, indentured se ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
'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 ...more