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Atlas Alone

(Planetfall #4)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,229 ratings  ·  238 reviews
Six months after she left, Dee is struggling to manage her rage toward the people who ordered the nuclear strike that destroyed Earth. She’s trying to find those responsible, but she’s not getting very far alone.

A dedicated gamer, Dee is endeavoring to discover a mersive good enough to enable her to escape her trauma. When she is approached by a designer who asks her to pl
Paperback, 308 pages
Published April 18th 2019 by Gollancz (first published April 16th 2019)
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Over and over, I'm confronted with the fact that I'm in love with Emma Newman's writing. She keeps changing tracks with every novel, giving us completely different KINDS of novels while still intersecting them all in not very strange but emotionally impactful ways.

I mean, JEEZE. I could just mention what big thing happens in the other books and let all my gushy bits come out, but that's spoiler territory. What I will mention is my total respect for the way she treats trauma, surreal virtual-real
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tense and tightly plotted, this fourth book in the Planetfall series is unputdownable.

Taking place six months after the events of the chronologically concurrent books After Atlas and Before Mars, Atlas Alone is set on the ship heading for the Pathfinder's world. Deanna, who we first encountered in After Atlas, is the POV character this time around.

As usual, Newman demonstrates her peerless mastery of delving the emotions and sense experiences of her characters as Dee is confronted by her past
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* I read this as part of the OWLs readathon for the Divination prompt *

This book was one of my most anticipated as Emma Newman is one of my all-time favourite people and authors. She always delivers something I haven't seen before and it's always fresh, vibrant, challenging and fun all rolled together. This latest instalment for the Planetfall series is no exception.

This story can be read as a standalone, but I would highly recommend that you read the previous three before this as I do think tha
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It was with trepidation that I started this new novel from Newman, expecting the usual focus on a mental illness combined with a thriller story. The author didn’t disappoint :O)

Atlas Alone is the fourth novel in this universe but the first that felt like a direct sequel, of book 2. The narration, this time shown from the point of view of Dee, meets her six months after the events of After Atlas, where she is finding it hard to adapt to life on the ship. Dee, and indeed Carl, cannot forget th

This was a sledge hammer ending if I ever read one. Can I please give a sixth star for the last chapter?

I cannot say much, because nearly everything would either spoil this novel or the immediate prequel "After Atlas". This was intense, thrilling, aching, haunting, deep soul searching - prepare for a punch in the gut, or make that several punches.

Emma Newman is the real deal. I don't want to leave her universe. I read her last three Planetfall novels within the last five
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
I ultimately found Atlas Alone to be disappointing. Part of this is that the previous three books have set a high bar, the other part is that I wasn’t happy with the novel’s asexual representation. The majority of this review is devoted to Atlas Alone‘s depiction of asexuality.

Atlas Alone is the fourth novel in Emma Newman’s Planetfall series. Unlike the others, it isn’t really a stand-alone — I highly recommend reading After Atlas first. This review will contain spoilers for After Atlas, so sto
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

So far, I’ve been really enjoying Emma Newman’s Planetfall series, but I have to say this latest one was a bit of a miss for me. At least compared to the last two books, the premise and story of Atlas Alone did not feel quite as captivating to my imagination, which is a shame. After all, I am such a sucker for books with a video game angle, and I had been greatly looking forward to this one’s unique take on immersive gamin
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oof, I have complex feelings about this one. So much so that after a ~3-year hiatus from reviewing and Goodreads, I actually wrote a review. I think it might still be in progress... I have a lot of roiling thoughts.

Atlas Alone is the fourth (and supposedly final?) book in the utterly fascinating and absorbing Planetfall series. The first in the series is still one of the most powerful books I've read in recent years. Like most great speculative fiction, it isn't so much about technical imagining
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How good is Emma Newman’s Planetfall series? I read them all four back to back over a few weeks. Could not put them down unless it was to pick up the next in the series. Now that I have read the latest, I guess I’ll need to get in line to wait for the fifth.

Atlas Alone takes up where Before Mars left off, but is really more of a direct sequel to After Atlas. (Before Mars was something of a standalone though it referenced the other books, had some of the same characters and was in the same world
The Captain
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings.  While the other three books in the series can be read in any order, this book follows events in after atlas.  While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven't read that one and keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . .

I read these books in publishing order and I do recommend that a person new to the series do so as well even
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
There were times when I felt like this was a 3 star book at best. I was rarely surprised by the plot twists until the end. As with the other books in this series there are intense psychological issues explored. I think this was not quite as convincing as a portrait of the thinking caused by trauma. Still, I kept with the book (audio with the author reading which I enjoyed) and I can see that the final scene will be crucial to the further story-so 4 stars.
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Like the rest of this series, this is a tight and tense examination of a person with some serious mental health issues as they deal with an intense future dystopia. It's also the first direct follow on in the series, continuing the story from the second book, After Atlas, but from the point-of-view of a different character.

Dee, Carlos and Travis are onboard the Atlas 2 with the Circle, the mysterious CSA and many others, but with the knowledge of what happened on Earth when the spaceship left to
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Yes, you should read at least book #2, After Atlas before reading this. And I recommend you read book #1, Planetfall, as well.

A very good continuation of the Planetfall series, and it would have been 5-stars except for the incredibly dull setups to the immersion video game play. I find video games pretty boring, and "reading them" is ten times worse.

The opening is very good, especially after the terribly flawed Before Mars. It's nice to be back with Carl, Trevor and Dee again. This story
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars - Video Review:
Picking up in the aftermath of the previous Planetfall novels, Atlas Alone was particularly dark and rather depressing. At its core, this was a story of revenge and the subsequent fallout of those actions.

All the books in the Planetfall series are loosely connected to each other and are largely considered to be companion novels, rather than direct sequels. However, this fourth novel was much more dependant on the setup of the previous books.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Some advice - You definitely need to read book 2 before this one. It's been a long time since I had read it and I couldn't find a recap anywhere online, so I checked the book out at the library and read the last 3 chapters. That's all you need to reread - those chapters summarize just about the entire book.

So, once you've done that you can move on to Atlas Alone, which was a pretty good book - although the main character is unlikeable. The reveal of who the person was seemed obvious to me, but t
Luke Burrage
What a ride! A slow, thoughtful ride. If you're a weapon, you're more passive than a protagonist or antagonist, but your story is going to be interesting none the less.

Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #422:
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Atlas Alone is the 4th book in the Planetfall series. The prior three books could be read as standalone novels. Each book told the story of the aftermath of a cult's exodus from Earth from a different perspective. Atlas Alone brings the prior plots full circle, bringing back characters from previous books and making references to events in all of the prior Planetfall novels. This isn't a standalone story a reader can jump into before reading the other books in the series. There are spoilers rega ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
3.5 stars

I really like Emma Newman's writing style, it's so easy to read and has a nice pace to it, even when she deals with difficult themes such as mental illness. The mystery in this one was great: even though I guessed the identity of the hacker about halfway through the book, that didn't take away my enjoyment, and the plot still had some surprises in store for me.

I really liked this one, but my rating went down because of two things.
1) I don't really know how I feel about that ending (the
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A mesmerizing and dangerous thriller where reality and fantasy merge.

Emma Newman’s Planetfall series has been a wild ride, but if I’m reading the ending correctly, that ride isn’t over yet. This is the first book in the series that actually feels like a sequel. The events start a few months after the shocking ending of
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, earc
I received the ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

I am not quite sure what to say about this novel! I have been enthralled by this series since I read the first volume, and the fourth novel continues to complicate the world and the story - one not only of individuals but humanity in this dystopian near future. This story is satisfactory, fascinating and complex. I cannot wait for its next chapter. The themes of freedom and enslavement, capitalism and religious fundamentalis
Stephen Richter
First person narrative read by the author, so what not to like. Excellent plot with a fascinating mystery. This series just gets better and better. What groups all the books together is a single event which provides the plot for all 4 books so far, each are like a stand alone, but it is still best to read them in order.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

Atlas Alone is the fourth in Emma Newman’s ‘Planetfall’ series, though (as I can attest) it also works as a standalone novel. There are some callbacks to the earlier works, but while they add additional flavour and context, you can quite happily read this book on its own.
This is a story which examines big ideas in a futuristic setting. And a story about one person, and the choices which they make, and why. And a story about the near future, and what
THIS SERIES IS SO GOOD. I'm PAINED that there isn't a 5th book out. She's going to write a new one right? RIGHT??
Suzanne Rooyen
I'm conflicted on this one. The story mostly takes place in-game so readers who aren't gamers might not find it as interesting or relatable. I also figured out the twist pretty early on so spent a lot of the book waiting and wishing for Dee to figure out something I thought was fairly obvious.

Also, Dee is ace. This excited me at first, but the fact that she is (view spoiler)
Brian Clegg
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fourth in Emma Newman's loosely connected Planetfall books takes place entirely on the spaceship Atlas II on its journey from Earth towards Planetfall. This might seem limiting, but Newman cleverly sets much of the action in virtual reality - the main character, Dee is an enthusiastic gamer, but she soon discovers she is taking part in a game that is far more realistic than she realised.

This is the first of the Planetfall books where we have continuity of characters (from After Atlas), thoug
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent entry in Emma Newman's Planetfall series. This time, we follow Deanna, Dee, on board the Atlas as she, Carlos, Travis and others are on their way to God City. Dee is nursing a growing fury against the perpetrators of the horrific situation that ends the previous Atlas story. Dee begins her own investigation into who might have been responsible. She's assisted by some unknown entity on board, and when things go seriously, horribly wrong during what Dee thought was a game/simulat ...more
Feb 17, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Atlas Alone is a kind of cyber techno gamer story. I'm not a gamer, and honestly, I think that put me off the book. It's a good story and well written for the right reader. I couldn't get interested enough to care what happened. For fans of this genre, it's great. Unfortunately, I don't mix well with this story. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Laura (crofteereader)
This one was a wild ride. I was a little hesitant to be visiting a character we met in a previous book (even peripherally) because one of my favorite parts of this series so far has been seeing how these characters in totally unique circumstances who have no relation to each other can affect each other so profoundly. There are also some really brilliant Easter eggs scattered around like nods to previous books. But Dee interacts with Carlos (narrator of book 2) and Travis (important narrative dev ...more
Read this as an eARC from netgalley

The planetfall series is one of my all time favourite, almost impossible for me to rank Planetfall, After Atlas and Before Mars, but unfortunately Atlas Alone isn't a new favourite.
I liked the premise and loved the ending but as a whole I'm left a bit disappointed (though I really really want a book 5 so I preordered a copy for my collection.)

For the representation, the main character doesn't use the word "asexual" but it's made clear in her words that sh
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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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