7th Sigma

  • by Steven Gould
  • Narrated by Fred Berman
  • 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the territory. Leave your metal behind, all of it. The bugs will eat it, and they'll go right through you to get it. Don't carry it, don't wear it, and for God's sake, don't come here if you've got a pacemaker.
The bugs showed up about 50 years ago - self-replicating, solar-powered, metal-eating machines. No one knows where they came from. They don't like water, though, so they've stayed in the desert Southwest. The territory. People still live here, but they do it without metal. Log cabins, ceramics, what plastic they can get that will survive the sun and heat. Technology has adapted, and so have the people.
Kimble Monroe has chosen to live in the territory. He was born here, and he is extraordinarily well adapted to it. He's one in a million. Maybe one in a billion.
In 7th Sigma, Gould builds an extraordinary SF novel of survival and personal triumph against all the odds.


What the Critics Say

"The story is compelling enough that I really did lose sleep to finish the book." (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
"7th Sigma offers further proof that good fiction isn’t necessarily about the originality of the tale itself, rather than about how it is told. Gould tells it well." (Locus)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

10 minutes of sci-fi in a 9 hour package

Don't let the cover fool you. This is a coming of age story about a teenage boy. The setting has some sci-fi elements, but very little of that makes it into the story. And the story itself is fairly banal.

The only mildly interesting plot line is left totally open at the end, presumably for a couple more books. I for one won't be coming back to find out what happens.
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- Jason

Hoped for more

The relative weakness of the reading would have been acceptable if the story were stronger. Both it and the presentation just missed on several level, which made for an overall "meh" book.

The story never seemed to find a rhythm or coalesce around a cohesive plot direction. Several times it felt like a new and potentially interesting thread was being introduced, only to have the story slide back into the mundane.

The reader was not particularly compelling, either. I found myself grinding my jaw often when some of the characters would speak, wishing Mr. Herman would dial back the characterization or simply read in his own voice. Actually, I'm not entirely sure he ever did read in his own voice. The entire narration sounded as if it were being "Acted".

The sci-fi element of the story was disappointing, though the world created by the author was fully formed and intriguing. The ending of the book left many plot threads hanging. The author seemed more interested in keeping an opening for a sequel than in tying up the many loose ends.
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- Christopher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios