Dire Earth Cycle

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 670 ratings

The Darwin Elevator Publisher's Summary

Jason M. Hough's pulse-pounding debut combines the drama, swagger, and vivid characters of Joss Whedon's Firefly with the talent of sci-fi author John Scalzi.

In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet's refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator - created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders - emits a plague-suppressing aura.

Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow "immunes", he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura's edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped - along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma - to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity.

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  • Book 1

    • The Darwin Elevator

    • By: Jason M. Hough
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 261
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 234

    In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet's refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator - created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders - emits a plague-suppressing aura. Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by a crew of fellow "immunes", he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura's edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • OK Story but Poor Characterization

    • By Michael on 08-25-13

    Regular price: $33.60

  • Book 2

    • The Exodus Towers

    • The Dire Earth Cycle: Two
    • By: Jason M. Hough
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Non Stop Action

    • By Joki on 09-11-13

    Regular price: $33.60

  • Book 3

    • The Plague Forge

    • The Dire Earth Cycle: Three
    • By: Jason M. Hough
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142

    The Plague Forge delivers an unbeatable combination of knockout action and kick-ass characters as the secrets to the ultimate alien mystery from The Darwin Elevator and The Exodus Towers are about to be unraveled.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Humans = Resilient as Hell + 1st Contact = :)

    • By G.Monie on 09-27-13

    Regular price: $33.60

  • Book 4

    • Injection Burn

    • The Dire Earth Duology, Book 1
    • By: Jason M. Hough
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Skyler Luiken and his ragtag crew of scavengers, scientists, and brawlers have a new mission: a long journey to a distant planet where a race of benevolent aliens are held captive behind a cloud of destructive ships known as the Swarm Blockade. No human ships have ever made it past this impenetrable wall, and Skyler knows not what to anticipate when they reach their destination.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • mostly setup for the rest of the story

    • By Ocean State Prime on 06-10-17

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 5

    • Escape Velocity

    • A Dire Earth Novel
    • By: Jason M. Hough
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Captains Skyler Luiken and Gloria Tsandi (and their respective crews) have smashed through the deadly Swarm Blockade but now find themselves scattered around the planet Carthage and the space stations she holds in her orbit. Their mission is now twofold: destroy the military compounds of a race of nefarious alien overlords and find a way back home to Earth. Standing in their way are a race of horrifying, technologically advanced aliens armed with incredible weapons.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • velocity only in the rushed production

    • By Ocean State Prime on 09-15-17

    Regular price: $28.00