Ck the colonyI have to say the second book of a trilogy is often tricky a lot of times they end up being labeled as bridges since the first book typically is an explosive introduction while the last book contains the grand finale leaving little for the middle book to do than to tie the two together and ramp up to the conclusion I m happy to report this is not the case with The Exodus Towers Personally I find it even gripping than the first book with non stop action that starts on page one and won t let upAt the same time it also deftly manages to accomplish a prime goal of a second book developing and evolving the main characters establishing the world and furthering the intrigue of the situation In this story of survival in a land taken over by the wilderness and hordes of mindless violent creatures we get to experience this at both the personal level through the eyes of Skyler as well as at a community level following the struggles of the colony In addition new threats and new players are introduced to spice things up The story is getting a little darker and brutal and in a time when humans should be banding together everyone is instead even unsure of whom to trust The suspense is also building steadily as is gleaned about the mysterious alien Builders and their daunting technology All in all this book succeeded in revving up the momentum and raising the stakes Can t wait for the conclusionNote Received eARC in exchange for an honest review Thanks NetGalley and Del ReyMore reviews at The BiblioSanctum I was fortunate enough to receive an eARC of Exodus Towers and I can t tell if it s a blessing or a curse The curse is I must now wait until September for the conclusion of the trilogy The blessing is not only that I was able to read a completely mind blowing story but I now have several months to dream up possible endings No doubt Mr Hough will prove me completely wrong Like the first in the series the action catches you immediately by the throat The book offers you a rare chance to put the story down Not only that but the characters have all become deeply compelling The heroes are suddenly and painfully flawed those you once rooted for become potential villains the villains themselves cause glimpses of empathy nothing is as it seems and I found myself racing though scene after glorious scene trying to find out what would happen next Not a single plot twist or change in scenery was obvious and the regular surprises only increased the tension within the story Will your favorite character survive Has he or she turned traitor What are the Builders truly up to I wholeheartedly recommend this book as a crafty action packed and deeply compelling series I already consider it one of my favorites of all time Writing 5Story 4Satisfaction 4Hough continues to be an excellent writer with very well fleshed out characters but The Exodus Towers brings up uestion after uestion and doesn t get around to answering any of them The last book is really going to have to nock it out of the park with the explanations because with this much set up it ll really be a let down if we don t see the answersThis book may be tiring for some people It s pretty much 500 pages of non stop action There s very very little downtime and it s straight from one crisis to another It starts a short time after the end of The Darwin Elevator Tania Sharma and a group of refugees have started to develop a colony in Belem with the aid of their portable aura towers Last book s bad guy Russell Blackfield has no idea where they are but in exchange for food and water continues to ship them people to help habitate their forming city Sk. Uilders 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
Yler is annoyed and restless Tania remains in the sky in their flying platforms managing the day to day interactions while Skyler is on the ground back to scavenging supplies as the only immune Growth of the colony has become stagnant and Skyler hates the huge process that every decision is subject to He Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America knows that they need to be exploring out further but everyone else is content to stay close One day he happens upon a girl dancing in the forest She must be an immune but before he can talk to her she shoots at him and runs away I think a couple of other things happen at this point but so much happens over the course of this book that the details become a little fuzzy Anyway at some point a group of immunes comes and does a hostile takeover of Belem Tania and her group have no idea what s going on because they ve lost connection with the ground level They re also running out of water with no way to get any The leader of the immunes is the huge epic bad guy for the first half of the book but while Skyler is dealing with that his old crewmate Sam is having her own adventures in escaping from Blackfield s prison It s hard to give a good summary without just spilling out the entire plot of the book but we learn that weird cult like Jacobites from the first book a the plotThe first half of the book wore me out Too many bad things were happening to our heroes for me to deal The book depended too much on external conflicts to d You may also read my review here Exodus Towers finds Skyler in Belem Brazil at the site of the new space elevator the new gift from the Builders A robust colony is taking shape around the base of the elevator within its Aura thanks to the work of Skyler and scientist Tania Sharma Mobile towers have also been found that they can use to extend an Aura beyond that of the space elevator Skyler has plenty toeep him busy especially since he s one of only a few immunes that can venture outside of the Aura without the danger of being infected by the SUBS virus another Builder gift Or so he thought He soon meets young immune twin brother and sister Davi and Ana that claim a man named Gabriel an immune himself has been rounding up other immunes ostensibly to do some rebuilding of society himself but it soon becomes clear that Gabriel s intentions are not philanthropic and it will spur Skyler into taking action e Most of the time 2nd books in a series are almost better than the first because you have a chance to get to now the characters a little bit and there is room for the author to explore the subject lines started in the debut novelI had planned on waiting a while to start this one but I missed the story and voice of the narrator and I wanted More it was The story got a little darker and we meet immunes in Brazil The story in Darwin took a left turn and Sam s involvement took on a larger roleThe only thing I hated was the cliffhanger at the end Nooooooo So it has been a little while since I finished the first book in this series but honestly the events and characters were still mostly fresh in my mind With as many books as I read I consider that a testament to good storytelling Being able to jump right back into the tale of Skyler Tania and Sam without having to strain my brain to remember what came before was rather nice And Mr Hough avoids the previously on Dire Earth recaps that plague a lot of seuels instead opting to throw us right back into this fascinating and dangerous worldI will admit that with the first book I was a little disappointed with how little scavenging Skyler and Co were actually doing That was part of the initial appeal for me and the loss of th. Mmune 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.
The Exodus Towers takes up shortly after The Darwin Elevator The traitors are now separated from Darwin Australia after the discovery of a second alien elevator in Belem Brazil Skyler Luiken and the colonists are working to set up well a colony using the new alien towers and their transportable auras Tania Sharma and her crew are supporting them from above and desperately trying to eep Russell Blackfield from finding out about the colony while still maintaining the food for air and water trade with him Meanwhile Sam Rinn and Kelly Adelaide are still imprisoned by Blackfield within Nightcliff From the first image of a girl dancing among the ghosts of desolation I was hooked Things uickly picked up from there moving along at a spirall I got this title from NetGalley for a honest reviewThis review contains spoilersWhat to say about this book It wasn t totally boring it had its good parts but the middle dragged It happens with me sometimes in bridge books where the story stalls and I get bored I have a bad habit when this happens of wandering off to read something Click Picture to Enter Giveaway Post Tome Tender GiveawayEnter to winThe Dire Earth Cycle Trilogy includes1 Printed copy of The Darwin Elevator by Jason M Hough1 Printed copy of The Exodus Towers by Jason M Hough1 Printed copy of The Plague Forge by Jason M HoughOpen to USA and Canada Mailing Address OnlyContest runs September 24 2013 October 8 2013A new tower has appeared in Brazil A race to discover the motives behind the Builder s contact is onThe sub humans are evolving into an even deadly opponentHuman factions and political mechanizations might just wipe out our very existenceand if the mechanizations don t wipe us out the fanaticism and cults might just do the jobJason M Hough writes a mind blowing utterly riveting second story in the Dire Earth Cycle The Exodus Tower is a nail biting page turner that had me glued to every page Sucked into this post apocalyptic world by Hough s gift of putting his brilliant imagination into words you feel like you ve joined the fight for survival One of the best enthralling gritty realistic science fiction fantasy works I ve ever read This ARC copy of The Exodus Towers was given to me by Random House Publishing Group Del Rey Spectra in exchange for a honest review This book is set for publication August 27 2013Paperback 544 pagesPublisher Del Rey Publication Date August 27 2013ISBN 10 0345537149ISBN 13 978 0345537140Rating 5 FAVORITEAge Recommendation AdultGenre Scifi Fantasy Jason s WebsiteFind this book on Barnes Noble For reviews check out Tome Tender s Book Blog or find us on Facebook After hearing the praises my co blogger Wendy had to sing about this book I decided not to wait any longer and just had to see its awesomeness for myself I m so glad I did At the same time though I m also now hot and bothered over that crazy cliffhanger of an ending Oh no you did NOT just end there I m not idding I actually shouted that at the book earning me a strange and slightly concerned look from my husbandThe story continues with mystery action and good sci fi thrills in this seuel to The Darwin Elevator Jason M Hough s hit debut that came out earlier this summer With the appearance of a second space elevator in Brazil our protagonist Skyler and the brilliant Dr Tania Sharma have set up a new colony at its base using the movable alien towers around it to ward off the deadly subhuman plague A sudden attack from a band of immune militants however halts progress and endangers the colonists Cut off from contact Skyler is left on his own to fight off the savage SUBs and to figure out a way take ba. The Exodus Towers features all the high octane action and richly imagined characters of The Darwin Elevator but the stakes have never been higher The sudden appearance of a second space elevator in Brazil only deepens the mystery about the aliens who provided it the
Jason M Hough pronounced 'Huff' is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dire Earth Cycle and the near future spy thriller Zero World In a former life he was a 3D artist animator and game designer Metal Fatigue Aliens vs Predator Extinction and many others He has also worked in the fields of high performance cluster computing and machine learningThe Darwin Elevator began life