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Atlas Alone

Planetfall, Book 4
Narrated by: Emma Newman
Series: Planetfall, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
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Hugo Award-winner Emma Newman returns to the captivating Planetfall universe with a novel about vengeance and the lengths to which one will go to save the future of humanity.  

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 play test his new game, she hopes it will be what she needs - but it isn't like any mersive she's played before. When a man suddenly dies in the real world, she realizes that at the same time in the game, she killed a character who bears a striking resemblance to the dead man - a man she discovers was one of those responsible for the death of millions on Earth.  

Disturbed but thinking it must be a coincidence, Dee continues the hunt for information. But when she finds out the plans for the future colony, she realizes that to save what is left of humanity, she might have to do something that risks what remains of her own.

©2019 Emma Newman (P)2019 Tantor

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Wait for it...

The more time that goes by after finishing the final pages, the more I like this book. The beginning is cumbersome and overly complicated. It was slow to warm and slower to hook, but I felt like the payoff was worth it.

However, it was the meta-narrative, the one you really don't get until the very, very end, that was PURE GOLD.

Note: Trigger warnings for violence, exploitation, and a crap-load of expletives. Not recommended for kids under 13. Also, beware of two-dimensional NPC's.

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Slow and disturbing

Continues the Planetfall series in a different location and features a new lead character, although it is someone we have heard about in previous books. The writing is excellent as I have come to expect from Newman. Character development in particular is something she does very well, although now that I have read a few of her books I am starting to see a pattern: deeply flawed protagonist, dealing with emotional baggage that is slowly revealed to the reader.

This book was quite disturbing to me on several levels that are hard to describe without giving away the ending. The ending was a surprise and helped justify some of the disturbing parts of the plot, but ultimately I found the whole thing less successful than the other books in the series. Too many scenes that took place entirely in virtual reality seemed to make the story drag on too long. I think maybe this would have been more successful if it had been a novella or even a short story.

[I listened to this as an audio book read by Emma Newman. She is one of the few authors who can read a book well.]

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Another perfect story in the Planetfall series to fall in love with

This is such a wonderful installment to the planetfall series! Emma Newman is so talented and she creates characters and environments with such rich backgrounds that it is like falling into a new world when I listen to her narration. The plot is captivating! I listened to this book over three days and plan to listen to it again after I reread the rest of the planetfall series once again. Thank you, Emma for such a wonderful world! Your narration is on pointe as always!

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My kind of Sci-Fi

Love the story line for its imaginative and vividly described scenes. Listened to all four books of this excellent series all in a row. Hoping for more to follow. Thank you, Emma Newman, for sharing your great story telling ability!

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She’s done it again!

Another stellar (get it) entry in the Planetfall series with another maddening, brilliant, flawed protagonist. I can’t even process what just happened.