When a chunk of London disappears, Sam Grainger is intrigued (what scientist wouldn't be?) but he doesn't really think it has anything to do with him. He's more preoccupied with the phone call that's just turned his life upside down - the call that apparently came from his dead wife. But these two strange incidents aren't as unrelated as they originally appear, and Sam finds himself getting sucked in to stranger and stranger circumstances.
I've loved Steven Pemberton's earlier work (in the fantasy genre) so I was looking forwards to reading this book, and I really did enjoy it a lot. It's full of interesting ideas about reality, physics, and AI, but more important (to me) the characters are engaging and the action keeps up a good pace. I'm not sure from the ending whether this will turn into a series: there's more interesting stuff guaranteed to happen in this world, but I think I'd be equally satisfied if that was left off-screen for my imagination to fill in.
Escape Velocity Kindle Edition
About the Author
Steven J Pemberton was born in England in 1970, the son of a librarian and a teacher. It was probably inevitable, therefore, that he would grow up loving books and the imaginary worlds they conjure. He now lives in Hertfordshire with his partner, where he works as a software developer. Visit Steven's website at www.pembers.net for bonus material and news of forthcoming releases. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 568 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Print length : 286 pages
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0078EGM2G
- Customer Reviews:
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Great sci-fi debutReviewed in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2012
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Rushed endingReviewed in the United Kingdom on May 24, 2020
I really wanted to love this and most of the way I did but the end lost its creative and detailed descriptions and its way, and felt rushed as if up against the word count.
Entertaining storyReviewed in the United Kingdom on March 10, 2013
This was a good story until the ending when it became a bit surreal, for my taste anyway. I would agree with the other reviews some people will enjoy this book but others will be disappointed. I think i fall into the latter.
R. S. Loch
A great idea that ultimately dragsReviewed in the United Kingdom on November 12, 2012
Escape Velocity is full of good ideas but when the two main protagonists leave Earth the story starts to drag and drag. It's a shame that while things are being explained you begin to wish the book would just end.
Why?Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2012
I read this not expecting where it was leading. I congratulate the author on the plot. However it was stretched out too long.