Survival Game

Gary Gibson

Ages 12+
4.05 based on 163 ratings & 13 reviews on Goodreads.com
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11 August 2016
9780230772779
352 pages
Synopsis

The artefact destroyed an ancient civilization. But will they be next?

Katya is a scientist, working on a classified project for the Russian Empire. She's also desperate. Her bosses want to exploit her knowledge and send her on an incredible, dangerous mission. And if she refuses, her father's life will be forfeit.

Katya must retrieve an artefact that will grant new life to the dying Russian tsar. She's therefore being sent deep undercover on an alternate version of Earth, to an American-controlled island. Here Borodin, the tsar's spymaster, will be watching her.

On the island Katya and Jerry, an American adventurer, form an uneasy alliance. They discover the artefact will call down terror from the depths of space, yet Katya's superiors refuse to listen. But Katya and Jerry's worlds face extinction, so the artefact must be destroyed - at any cost. Two civilizations depend upon it.

Gibson’s take on two thoroughly familiar tropes (Cold War + apocalypse) is actually quite refreshing . . . The prose is also satisfyingly good

FantasyLiterature.com

To be considered alongside the leading triumvirate of British hard SF writers: Al Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, and Neal Asher . . . a treat for all fans of intelligent space opera

Guardian on Extinction Game (Book One)

Gibson turns the genre on its head . . . He excels at depicting real-feeling destruction and the tenacity and weaknesses of survivors, along with the moral wrestling of survivor guilt. This potent, teeth-gritting SF thriller shows death and love only a shadow away from our ordinary lives

Publishers Weekly starred review on Extinction Game (Book One)