In Ascension (Paperback)
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In Ascension (Paperback)

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Published: 01/02/2024
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Masterfully combining a cosmic quest with the intimacies of an individual life, MacInnes’ stunningly imaginative speculative novel sees a researcher of ancient algae make a discovery which will propel her on a journey across the universe.

Waterstones Science Fiction & Fantasy Book of the Month for February 2024

Leigh grew up in Rotterdam, drawn to the waterfront as an escape from her unhappy home life and volatile father. Enchanted by the undersea world of her childhood, she excels in marine biology, travelling the globe to study ancient organisms. When a trench is discovered in the Atlantic ocean, Leigh joins the exploration team, hoping to find evidence of the earth's first life forms - what she instead finds calls into question everything we know about our own beginnings.

Her discovery leads Leigh to the Mojave desert and an ambitious new space agency. Drawn deeper into the agency's work, she learns that the Atlantic trench is only one of several related phenomena from across the world, each piece linking up to suggest a pattern beyond human understanding. Leigh knows that to continue working with the agency will mean leaving behind her declining mother and her younger sister, and faces an impossible choice: to remain with her family, or to embark on a journey across the breadth of the cosmos.

Exploring the natural world with the wonder and reverence we usually reserve for the stars, In Ascension is a compassionate, deeply inquisitive epic that reaches outward to confront the greatest questions of existence, looks inward to illuminate the smallest details of the human heart, and shows how - no matter how far away we might be and how much we have lost hope - we will always attempt to return to the people and places we call home.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781838956271
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 342 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 30 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Astonishing... Beautifully written, richly atmospheric, full of brilliantly evoked detail, never sacrificing the grounded verisimilitude of lived experience to its vast mysteries, but also capturing a numinous, vatic strangeness that hints at genuine profundities about life. Nobody else writes like MacInnes, and this magnificent book is his best yet - Adam Roberts, Guardian

Monumental... In Ascension rarely slips from G-inducing pace. It's that rare thing: a big, brawny novel of ideas that's actually readable. And for that considerable achievement, MacInnes deserves praise. It's no small thing, after all, to reach for the stars - Alex Diggins, Telegraph

I would sincerely hope to see In Ascension on various prize shortlists... Its intellectual daring is formidable. This is fiction which is both stellar and grounded; an exemplar of what the novel alone can still do - Stuart Kelly, The Scotsman

A shattering investigation of nothing less than humanity's place in the cosmos - Daily Mail

A tremendous novel that takes you to surprising places so carefully that you don't notice until everything has changed - John Self, The Times

Mesmerising... Profoundly humane... In Ascension is epic in scale, diving to the bottom of the deepest ocean and then up to the furthest reaches of the universe - Sunday Times

To the handful of recent classics such as Richard Powers' The Overstory and Kim Stanley Robinson's The Ministry for the Future can be added Martin MacInnes' In Ascension... The richness of the novel is endlessly rewarding. In Ascension is a far-reaching epic that blends a deep scientific knowledge with a wide-eyed wonder at our place in the universe - Carl Wilkinson, Financial Times

In Ascension finds as much poetry in the human microbiome as it does in the grand revolutions of the planets. It is a love letter to life...a primer to marvel - Beejay Silcox, The TLS

In Ascension is strewn with jaw-dropping ideas... I'm still chewing over them - Jamie Collinson, Spectator

Laura Jean McKay, Colson Whitehead and Emily St John Mandel are serious novelists...crafting extraordinary and original speculative fiction. To that list, add Martin MacInnes - SFX

I don't think I've ever read a book that was as profound and moving at every scale - the cell, the family, the universe. In Ascension is a remarkable, expansive, stunning achievement - Karen Joy Fowler, author of Booth

An awe-inspiring and gripping epic - Graeme Macrae Burnet, author of Case Study

Martin McInnes's imagination knows no bounds: he unites the unplumbed depths of the oceans to the infinity of interstellar space in his bravura, breathtaking, audacious In Ascension. No novel I know has conveyed, in such a shiveringly exciting and original way, that old truth: We are all made of stardust. Like Ted Chiang's 'Story of Your Life', and Jeff VanderMeer's 'Southern Reach Trilogy', this is an instant classic. Read it and feel awe and wonder. - Neel Mukherjee, author of A State of Freedom

A gorgeous, sombre epic, worthy of its precursors in Stanislaw Lem, J.G. Ballard, Olaf Stapledon and Stanley Kubrick. It will be of commanding interest to all whose ears prick up at those names, or any reader hungry to see the novel's cosmic and intimate dimensions reconciled with seemingly effortless grace - Jonathan Lethem

Nothing else in contemporary fiction compares to the mind state induced in you by a Martin MacInnes novel. You're simultaneously lulled by his prose, which is noiseless and unerring like some kind of billion-dollar lab tech, and maintained in a state of constant low-level disorientation by his completely unpredictable choices, his mysteries left audaciously unanswered. In Ascension is a wondrous, hypnotic book by one of my favourite working authors - Ned Beauman, author of Venomous Lumpsucker

An absorbing, serious, and wonderful novel. It will stay with you. - Daisy Hildyard, author of Emergency

An extraordinary novel - planetary and beyond planetary. The salt and blood, the tide and the bloom, the stuff of the world, will haunt you - JM Ledgard, author of Submergence

Truly incredible. Beautiful and moving. A masterpiece - Lee Rourke, author of Glitch

Waterstones Buttermarket Bookclub

Waterstones Buttermarket Bookclub

Bury St Edmunds - Butter Market
Thursday 29th February 15:00

Waterstones Buttermarket Bookclub Meeting 3pm, Thursday 29th February in our Cafe. This month we are reading In Ascension by Martin MacInnes 'Astonishing.... Beautifully written, richly atmospheric, full of brilliantly evoked detail. Nobody else writes MacInnes, and this magnificent book is his best yet.' -Adam Roberts, Guardian. All Welcome.

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Waterstones Barnstaple Book Club - In Ascension

Waterstones Barnstaple Book Club - In Ascension

Barnstaple
Tuesday 9th April 18:00

Book club meeting to discuss 'In Ascension' by Martin MacInnes.

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“Arrival meets Contact meets Annihilation”

To say I loved this book is an understatement. It's absolutely my favourite book of the year so far (and I'm not sure anything will surpass it). It's also absolutely beautifully written and completely... More

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“A reading experience absolutely out of this world”

In Ascension left me breathless, lung-full with its philosophy, intelligence, the thrill of the read. It's such a generous book too, a book of improbable scientific possibility, or maybe it's all just... More

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“Exhilarating, Mesmerising”

A thing of wonder, a novel that grapples with enormous ideas with rare grace and staggering depth.

In scale, form and conception, this is a triumph. I love the ambition of ideas, the knowledge that has gone into... More

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