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The sudden appearance of a second space elevator in Brazil only deepens the mystery about the aliens who provided it: the Builders. Scavenger crew captain Skyler Luiken and brilliant scientist Dr. Tania Sharma have formed a colony around the new Elevator's base, utilizing mobile towers to protect humans from the Builders' plague. But they are soon under attack from a roving band of plague-immune soldiers. Cut off from the colony, Skyler must wage a one-man war against the new threat as well as murderous subhumans and thugs from Darwin - all while trying to solve the puzzle of the Builders' master plan…before it's too late for the last vestiges of humanity.
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By Joki on 09-11-13
Non Stop Action
The Exodus Towers picks up right where book 1 left off. If you think Hough couldn't ratchet up the action more or come up with anything new after the tour de force of the first book, think again. Exodus towers is one none stop crazy ride featuring exploration, politics, mysteries, danger, mystery, and heart stopping plot machinations. There were places in this book where I honestly forgot to breathe.
It does all still revolve around Skyler in some way - what some characters constantly pondering "WWSD?" (What Would Skyler Do) while others actually finding out with him. New allies and enemies will come forward and all along the book is the countdown toward the next builder appearance.
Book 3 centers mostly in 2 camps: Sam in Darwin, Skyler in Brasil. But Tania and Russell also head several POV chapters as well.
As always, what I am most struck with about these books is the sheer scope of what's happening. The different POVs allow Hough to show different aspects of the Dire Earth situation that could be stand alone situations themselves. No one is working toward a complete picture end, which makes the overall view even more fascinating. I'm also glad this isn't a zombie story - it's more about exploration, suspense, and adventure.
This really has to be the most accessible science fiction novel in years. Solidly written yet not full of frustratingly dense science.
The narrator did a fine job. I think some of the accents might have been a bit sketchy - but I can only imagine how hard it would be to come up with that many variations on the English language.
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By Bryce Furey on 09-20-15
Awesome read great mix of science fiction and fact
This is a book I haven't been able to put down so far really impressed with the concept the characters and the storyline would be good for a prequel feels like the back story is worthy of its own book
By Andy on 04-09-14
Not quite empire strikes back but a good sequel
What did you like most about The Exodus Towers?
This continues the tone and pace of the Darwen Elevator but expands the canvas beyond Darwen. As the world expands some of the characters become a bit limited but it cracks on at a pace.
If the Darwen Elevator was the surprise hit scifi movie of the summer then this would be the sequel that kept the fans happy.