The Lightless Trilogy

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 173 ratings

Lightless Publisher's Summary

With deeply moving human drama, nail-biting suspense - and bold speculation informed by a degree in physics - C. A. Higgins spins a riveting science fiction debut guaranteed to catapult listeners beyond their expectations.

Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental military spacecraft launched by the ruthless organization that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bond - not with any of her crewmates but with the ship's electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to the Ananke, Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship.

While one of the saboteurs remains at large somewhere onboard, his captured partner - the enigmatic Ivan - may prove to be more dangerous. The perversely fascinating criminal whose silver tongue is his most effective weapon has long evaded the authorities' most relentless surveillance - and kept the truth about his methods and motives well hidden.

As the ship's systems begin to malfunction and the claustrophobic atmosphere is increasingly poisoned by distrust and suspicion, it falls to Althea to penetrate the prisoner's layers of intrigue and deception before all is lost. But when the true nature of Ivan's mission is exposed, it will change Althea forever - if it doesn't kill her first.

©2015 C. A. Higgins (P)2015 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Lightless

    • By: C. A. Higgins
    • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 114

    Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental military spacecraft launched by the ruthless organization that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bond - not with any of her crewmates but with the ship's electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to the Ananke, Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Psychologically Gripping Space Opera

    • By T. L. Walker on 06-01-16

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 2

    • Supernova

    • The Lightless Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: C. A. Higgins
    • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Once Ananke was an experimental military spacecraft. But a rogue computer virus transformed it - her - into something much more: a fully sentient artificial intelligence, with all the power of a god - and all the unstable emotions of a teenager. Althea, the ship's engineer and the last living human aboard, nearly gave her life to save Ananke from dangerous saboteurs, forging a bond as powerful as that between mother and daughter. Now she devotes herself completely to Ananke's care.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Can't wait for the third book!

    • By DT Campbell on 02-06-17

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 3

    • Radiate

    • By: C. A. Higgins
    • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Ananke may have the powers of a god, but she is consumed by a very human longing: to know her creators. Now Ananke is on a quest to find companionship, understanding, and even love. She is accompanied by Althea, the engineer who created her and whom she sees as her mother. And she is in search of her "father", Matthew, the programmer whose code gave her the spark of life.

    Regular price: $28.00