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“[A] terrific sci-fi thriller.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Something for everyone: space combat, interpersonal tension, and aliens, ultimately leading to a story about survival."--Kirkus Reviews 

“Compelling and innovative. In unpredictable ways... Barry takes a story that has been done countless times before and makes it seem original.”--Associated Press

"A fast-paced, intelligent military space opera...Barry brings his skills of characterization and satire to the fore...Barry delivers some stunning action sequences and provides a bittersweet resolution."--The Guardian 

Providence is an absolute treat. Pulls the trick of being both irrepressibly old-school sci-fi and creepingly relevant to the data-driven future.”--Austin Grossman, author of Soon I Will Be Invincible

“An astonishing novel! Providence is Philip K. Dick and William Gibson fueled by pure adrenaline (with a bit of Spielberg and Ridley Scott thrown in). The brilliant, unstoppable imagination of Max Barry glows on every page of this action-filled, yet emotionally resonant, tale. It will keep you riveted from first page till last. I read in one sitting and I guarantee you’ll do the same.”--Jeffery Deaver, author of The Never Game

"Action-packed and unsettling, Providence is a sleekly-written parable about the absurdity of war--and the deeply human urge to destroy everything we don't understand, whether it comes from a distant planet or right here on Earth." --Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous and The Future of Another Timeline

“Brain-bending adventure.”Newsweek

“I could not put Providence down until I’d finished it in one thrilling sitting. This is science fiction at its best—a ship so believably alive and characters so determined, flawed, and compelling that you’ll forget you’re not also part of the crew.--Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M

"Max Barry has a true comic writer's pessimism, imprisoning his crew in a ship as indifferent and unreadable as any alien enemy. What must this ship think of its crew? Are they its children? Or an infection it must deal with? Providence is a light-hearted thriller with a superb dark, existential sting in its tail."--London Times

"After all this myth and fantasy, time for some proper SF with aliens and futuristic hardware. Max Barry’s Providence sees the four-strong crew of an AI-controlled spaceship shot into deep space to take part in a war against a reptilian extraterrestrial species nicknamed salamanders. Claustrophobia and isolation lead to tensions on board, while the ship itself, almost godlike in its indifference to the people within, pursues its mission regardless. The result is a quirky, character-driven commentary on the mechanisation of conflict and the sheer perversity of human nature."--Financial Times (UK)

                                                                                

About the Author

Max Barry is the author of numerous novels, including Providence, Jennifer Government, Company, Machine Man, and Lexicon. He is also the developer of the online nation simulation game NationStates. Prior to his writing career, Barry worked at tech giant HP. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • File size : 3332 KB
  • Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons (March 31, 2020)
  • Publication date : March 31, 2020
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 318 pages
  • ASIN : B07V526L7X
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 1529352045
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 216 ratings

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One man's meat
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific - great writing, clear interesting characters - the guns do get to fire
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 11, 2020
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Average Sci Fi Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 16, 2020
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Mr A E Nuttgens
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 11, 2020
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Mrs J Stradling
4.0 out of 5 stars A good overall experience.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 10, 2020
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Geeb
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 29, 2020
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