Purgatory Mount (Hardback)
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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 04/02/2021
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"Purgatory Mount is mind-blowing." - Adrian Tchaikovsky

An interstellar craft is decelerating after its century-long voyage. Its destination is V538 Aurigae ?, a now-empty planet dominated by one gigantic megastructure, a conical mountain of such height that its summit is high above the atmosphere. The ship's crew of five hope to discover how the long-departed builders made such a colossal thing, and why: a space elevator? a temple? a work of art? Its resemblance to the mountain of purgatory lead the crew to call this world Dante.

In our near future, the United States is falling apart. A neurotoxin has interfered with the memory function of many of the population, leaving them reliant on their phones as makeshift memory prostheses. But life goes on. For Ottoline Barragao, a regular kid juggling school and her friends and her beehives in the back garden, things are about to get very dangerous, chased across the north-east by competing groups, each willing to do whatever it takes to get inside Ottoline's private network and recover the secret inside.

Purgatory Mount, Adam Roberts's first SF novel for three years, combines wry space opera and a fast-paced thriller in equal measure. It is a novel about memory and atonement, about exploration and passion, and like all of Roberts's novels it's not quite like anything else.

Shortlisted for the 2021 BSFA award for Best Novel!

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781473230941
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 534 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 34 mm


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Brilliantly structured, bursting with ideas, and entirely its own thing. Very highly recommended * James Bradley *
Purgatory Mount is mind-blowing. * Adrian Tchaikovsky *

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“Science Fiction Dystopia”

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IRobot vibes! 3.5***

This book was an enjoyable and easy read. I found myself flying through the pages and enjoyed the... More

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“The Dystopian Comedy”

Adam Roberts’ work often has a big concept upfront: Snow (what the snow just keeps falling); By Light Alone (what if people could photosynthesise through their hair); Gradisil (what would orbital habitats be like if... More

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“Mash up Sci Fi”

When I read the description for this on NetGalley I thought that it would be right up my street, a return to quite hard sci-fi. Space travel, a mysterious object on a distant planet, possibly aliens. What more could I... More

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