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Gathering Evidence

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The world is heating up, species are dying out, and data collection is thriving.

Shel Murray, a primate researcher, is sent to lead a small team investigating suspicious deaths in one of the last remaining troops of bonobo chimpanzees. Establishing base in a national park controlled by an elusive conglomerate, the team encounter odd, then alarming behaviour, suggestions of
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 6th 2020 by Atlantic Books (first published 2020)
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Anna
As I loved Martin MacInnes' first novel Infinite Ground, I was delighted to learn a second was imminent. 'Gathering Evidence' is set in the near future. The remaining bonobos are confined to an alleged wildlife sanctuary run by a mining company and surveillance capitalism is becoming more esoteric. The protagonist couple, Shel and John, study the bonobos and are disorientated by a mysterious injury respectively. The tone and settings are similar to Infinite Ground, as Shel spends much of the ...more
Angie
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought Martin MacInnes's debut (INFINITE GROUND) was one of the most original and exciting things I'd read in years, and it was a delight to discover he's only surpassed himself here. GATHERING EVIDENCE is a novel that begs to have entire essays written about it; it's literature of the highest order, offering an enormous amount for the brain to chew on, seamlessly weaving together an extraordinary web of fascinating ideas in which every detail is significant. The novel is a close-reader's ...more
Ignacio Peña
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There's no denying how eager I have been to read this second novel by Martin MacInnes. I have held over the years since his first novel how brilliant a piece of writing I consider it to be. With Gathering Evidence, Martin sets himself firmly as one of my favorite new writers around.

Across both Infinite Ground and Gathering Evidence, Martin's style is boldy his own. Across all the works of his that I have read, his creative landscapes are in the micro-details that build a greater narrative. I was
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Heather
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly gorgeous, delicate and nuanced exploration of the effects that technology and corporate power have over individual lives; where the boundaries between human and animal lie, and what humanity is doing to shift that line; how nature fights against our colonisation of it and what it means for everything. This is, under everything, a story about real love, and how we must cling to it. Martin MacInnes has always been a brilliant writer, but this shows how much beauty there is in his work, ...more
Olivia Cooper
I'm a little confused....

This book follows Shel, a biologist sent to monitor gibbons in a protected park. It also follows John, a programmer who is attacked. John is considerably more compelling than Shel, and there are few other interesting characters involved.

I like MacInnes' descriptive writing style, and he manages to create and maintain a creepy atmosphere throughout. The world is pretty cool, with themes of corporate monopoly and the effects. The idea of the NEST is innovative and the
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