- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (July 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062433229
- ISBN-13: 978-0062433220
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,532 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The world’s past and future rest in the hands of five unwitting strangers in this time-traveling, mind-bending speculative thriller from the author of the bestselling Origin Mystery trilogy
En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind.
Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they’ve crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?
Five passengers seem to hold clues about what’s really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Schröder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw, the son of a billionaire philanthropist.
As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they’re letting on—answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving their own lives. As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past—to save our world . . . or end it.
A wildly inventive and propulsive adventure full of hairpin twists, Departure is a thrilling tale that weaves together power, ambition, fate, memory, and love, from a bold and visionary talent.
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The premise is chilling and somewhat disturbing. I know it's only fiction, BUT... Mr. Riddle made this scenario seem completely plausible in this day and age and that is frightening. Which made this story such a riveting one.
The Kindle sample got into the action very quickly and drew me in, which I always appreciate. The book as a whole did that to a lesser degree. It goes off on long, boring tangents about science and technology that I did not enjoy very much. In fact, because I do much of my Kindle reading at bedtime, the start of one of those tangents was a cue to me that it was time to close the Kindle and go to sleep.
If you are interested in time travel, science fiction themes, multiple timelines and such, you may very much enjoy this book. I did enjoy the book, and I really enjoyed parts of it (especially the immediately post-crash portion). However, coming off of Station Eleven, it was very obvious that, while this book has its moments, the writing came off weak overall in my opinion. When reviewing a book, I find it difficult not to (even subconsciously) compare the book I just finished with the one I'm reading now. Because I focus a lot on writing skill when I'm reading, the way a book is written is weighted perhaps heavier than some other elements.
If you have trouble with suspension of disbelief, this is probably not your book. While the beginning is not all THAT out of the realm of possibility, it gets really unbelievable the more it goes on. I understand this is often part and parcel of a science fiction book, but the level to which it was taken in Departure fairly boggled my mind.
Finally, as I am not a fan of the romance genre, I was a bit put off by the need to wrap everything in a pretty bow with a romance. This is not something I expect from a SF novel, and it felt a little too pat and engineered.
If you're a fan of dystopian post-apocalyptic novels, then this one should be at the top of your "must read" list! I love that it doesn't require a full series of books to complete, so it's a great story that you know will have some type of conclusion.
The characters were surprisingly in depth considering the nature of this genre. Usually action novels focus more on plot than character development, but a decent amount of attention was placed on making you care for these characters.
Riddle has created a remarkable book that had my full attention from start to finish!