After Atlas

After Atlas[EPUB] ✸ After Atlas Author Emma Newman – Tbjewellers.co.uk Acclaimed author Emma Newman returns to the captivating universe she created in Planetfall with a stunning science fiction mystery where one man s murder is much than it seems Govcorp detective Carlos Acclaimed author Emma Newman returns to the captivating universe she created in Planetfall with a stunning science fiction mystery where one man s murder is much than it seems Govcorp detective Carlos Moreno was only a baby when Atlas left Earth to seek truth among the stars But in that moment, the course of Carlos s entire life changed Atlas is what took his mother away what made his father lose hope what led Alejandro Casales, leader of the religious cult known as the Circle, to his door And now, on the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Atlas s departure, it s got something to do why Casales was found dead in his hotel room and why Carlos is the man in charge of the investigation To figure out who killed one of the most powerful men on Earth, Carlos is supposed to put aside his personal history But the deeper he delves into the case, the he realizes that escaping the past is not so easy There s to Casales s death than meets the eye, and something much sinister to the legacy of Atlas than anyone realizes.

Emma Newman writes dark short stories and science fiction and urban fantasy novels Between Two Thorns , the first book in Emma s Split Worlds urban fantasy series, was shortlisted for the BFS Best Novel and Best Newcomer awardsEmma s latest book, Planetfall, is a standalone science fiction novel published by Roc Emma is a professional audiobook narrator and also co writes and hosts the Hugo nominated podcast Tea and Jeopardy which involves tea, cake, mild peril and singing chickens Her hobbies include dressmaking and playing RPGs She blogs and gets up to all kinds of writing mischief at enewmanEmma has recorded audio books for publishers and short stories for fiction podcasts To find outabout her voice work go to enewman voice You can also find Emma on Twitter emapocalyptic.

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    Paperback Ó After Atlas eBook ´ to seek truth among the stars But in that moment, the course of Carlos s entire life changed Atlas is what took his mother away what made his father lose hope what led Alejandro Casales, leader of the religious cult known as the Circle, to his door And now, on the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Atlas s departure, it s got something to do why Casales was found dead in his hotel room and why Carlos is the man in charge of the investigation To figure out who killed one of the most powerful men on Earth, Carlos is supposed to put aside his personal history But the deeper he delves into the case, the he realizes that escaping the past is not so easy There s to Casales s death than meets the eye, and something much sinister to the legacy of Atlas than anyone realizes."/>
  • Paperback
  • 369 pages
  • After Atlas
  • Emma Newman
  • English
  • 24 December 2019
  • 0425282406

10 thoughts on “After Atlas

  1. says:

    This is the second book this year I ve given a full five stars to, and it s super well deserved I really liked Planetfall, the first book set in this universe, but this one takes a fairly different approach and is muchof a police investigation than anything else Our only real link to Planetfall is the fact that our main character, Carlos, is the son of a woman who left on the Atlas mission that we follow in Planetfall Carlos is now a grown up and we follow a bit about his daily life as This is the second book this year I ve given a full five stars to, and it s super well deserved I really liked Planetfall, the first book set in this universe, but this one takes a fairly different approach and is muchof a police investigation than anything else Our only real link to Planetfall is the fact that our main character, Carlos, is the son of a woman who left on the Atlas mission that we follow in Planetfall Carlos is now a grown up and we follow a bit about his daily life as he tries to work off his contract with the Govcorp who own him He s had a pretty tough upbringing, from his mother leaving to journalists hounding him, and now to being owned There was also a time in between where his father was severely depressed and he had to take care of himself, and a bizarre religious cult called the Circle too Despite all of this, Carlos is a pretty grounded guy and although he has a distinct need to see a case through to the end, he s a very good detective and is starting to get a decent ish life togetheruntilCarlos gets told he is going to have to work a case because his past and his current position make him the only person who can One of the most prestigious Circle members has been found dead, and there is quite a lot of mutilation and horror to the scene Carlos is drafted in by his owners and the Circle to help solve the crime and find out what really happened.This world is Earth, but definitely a futuristic version We have a whole new range of technology which includes printed food, internal AI head chips, virtual reality andThere s also a lotof a progressive society, with gay and non binary characters included in the story side note, they aren t necessarily huge parts or the best representations, but the fact that they are there was a good thing I felt I think the world itself was a major part of why I enjoyed this so fully, and it was filled with interesting ideas.Overall, once the plot got going and the character was established I really enjoyed the book It has some major twists and turns that I didn t see coming, and I think there DEFINITELY needs to be a direct sequel to this one because THAT ENDING O Luckily Before Mars is coming pretty soon and I am looking forward to it D 5 s from me

  2. says:

    This one was one rather huge surprise for me I mean, I liked the exploration bits and the mental disability bits in the first novel It felt genuine and fascinating.But this one took on a whole different feel Cyberpunk, a heavily populated society, massive injustice, social inequality, and institutionalized slavery based on credits and indenture I loved this aspect I felt harrowed and despairing even as I railed against it with our main character who has been S upon for 23 years, dream This one was one rather huge surprise for me I mean, I liked the exploration bits and the mental disability bits in the first novel It felt genuine and fascinating.But this one took on a whole different feel Cyberpunk, a heavily populated society, massive injustice, social inequality, and institutionalized slavery based on credits and indenture I loved this aspect I felt harrowed and despairing even as I railed against it with our main character who has been S upon for 23 years, dreams of decent meals, and lives a life equivalent to a labor camp AS a murder investigator.Say what Yep, specialized training, a chip in his head, wide powers to hunt down mysteries and yet he s still pretty much a slave.Cool, right The characterizations are all fantastic, claustrophobic, and I FEEL the need to solve the murder if only to get my mind off my horrible situation Ahem I mean, the CHARACTER s situation As a full on murder mystery, I had a great time As a worldbuilding novel, I was fascinated by so many of these details especially the Circle But as a character novel, I think I loved it the best.Very well worth the read and my personal favorite between the two novels and one novelette I read

  3. says:

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Sci Fi Month Giveaway US for After Atlas running 11 8 16 11 18 16 While After Atlas takes place in the same cosmos as Planetfall, it isaccurate to call it a companion novel than a true sequel If you were like me and were confused by the ending of the first book, I m afraid you ll not find many answers here There are mentions to previous events, but at best the l 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Sci Fi Month Giveaway US for After Atlas running 11 8 16 11 18 16 While After Atlas takes place in the same cosmos as Planetfall, it isaccurate to call it a companion novel than a true sequel If you were like me and were confused by the ending of the first book, I m afraid you ll not find many answers here There are mentions to previous events, but at best the link between the two novels are tenuous, with After Atlas following a new protagonist, featuring a completely new scenario in a new setting, and even the story s tone and style are completely different.Of course, even if this isn t the direct sequel you d hoped for, there s still plenty of good news It means After Atlas can be read as a standalone, for one thing And out of all the books I ve read by Emma Newman so far, I have to say this was hands down my favorite one of all It s quite a departure from her The Split Worlds series and even Planetfall, but that s what I really enjoyed about it, and how the story dug its hooks under my skin so that even now, days later, I m still reeling from that punch drunk sensation I get when I finish an amazing book.After Atlas introduces us to Govcorp detective Carlos Moreno who went into law enforcement not because he chose that career for himself, but because his contract was bought by Norope s Ministry of Justice When Carlos was just a baby, his mother left on the spaceship Atlas along with her fellow faithful to seek God among the stars, leaving her son with her bereft husband The two of them soon ended up with the Circle, a religious cult led by the charismatic Alejandro Casales, a man whose calling has led him to gather the scientists left behind by Atlas and to heal their shattered families But living at the Circle had its costs Alejandro advocated a simple life for his followers, forsaking technology in order to appreciate the meaning behind one s own hard work and endeavors When Carlos became a teenager, he chafed against these rules, so he ran away.Penniless, un chipped, and innocent of the ways of the world, Carlos sadly ended up in the hands of human traffickers, which is how he came to be trapped in his indentured servitude Life could be much worse than working for the MoJ though, so Carlos makes sure to do his job well and not cause any trouble lest he addsyears onto his contract However, the very moment he finds out about his newest case, he knows that things could only go badly An American VIP has been found murdered and hacked to pieces in a high class hotel, and the victim is none other than Circle leader Alejandro Casales, a man Carlos once respected and loved eventhan his own father.What follows next is an exciting and suspenseful police procedural While it is as far as you can get from the mysticism and colonization sci fi we saw from Planetfall, the straight up mystery of After Atlas worked a lot better for yours truly, a self professed fan of science fiction noir As far as I know, this is the first time the author has written anything like this, and boy does she have the touch Best of all, she has made use of her futuristic setting and incorporated its science and technology fully, equipping Carlos and his team with the use of advanced AI and virtual reality But even with all this helpful tech, the case involving Alejandro remains a tough nut to crack, thus much of the story s impetus actually comes from our protagonist s inquisitive personality and his own personal stakes in finding out the truth.Which brings us to Carlos, our gifted but somewhat surly detective His personality at the start will likely turn some folks off, but before long we will find outabout his past and understand why he might be so private and standoffish Gradually we also come to grasp the significance of Alejandro s death and how Carlos love hate relationship with the murdered Circle leader will affect the course of the investigation I thought Newman handled this aspect of the book particularly well, adding an extra dimension to the already stretched emotions surrounding the case.Regarding the links to Planetfall, I mentioned before that they are few and tenuous, but readers who want the full picture might want to read the previous book before tackling After Atlas This story takes place forty years after the Atlas spaceship departed earth with the Pathfinder and her followers, and weeks from now the time capsule that they left is scheduled to be opened This aspect of the book might come across a tad confusing if you haven t read Planetfall, but fear not for everything will be sufficiently explained so that the shocking ending of After Atlas will ultimately have the desired impact As you might recall, the biggest problem I had with Planetfall was the last 10% of the book, and onceI can t help but think that the final chapter of After Atlas will be the greatest point of contention among readers Once again, I felt that the conclusion was rushed, but at least this time the end brought a stronger sense of closure even if winded up shaking me to the core.Nothing can stop me from recommending this book, though Emma Newman has written a police procedural like she was born to this genre, laying out the clues and following up on all the leads before pulling everything together for a stunner, the way a composer conducts the many parts of an orchestra to build her symphony into a climax After Atlas is a wonderfully gripping novel if you enjoy these kinds of stories, and for me it was one of the best I ve ever read

  4. says:

    This was excellent Like with Planetfall the end was a bit rushed, but like Planetfall I didn t care.Emma Newman has the quite unique talent not only to understand people who are mentally other , but also the talent to write them in an authentic and relatable fashion that is rare Very seldom I feel myself being represented in novels, here I feel at home and understood This alone is worth all the stars for me.Yet on top of a self assured hand in character writing and development, Newman al This was excellent Like with Planetfall the end was a bit rushed, but like Planetfall I didn t care.Emma Newman has the quite unique talent not only to understand people who are mentally other , but also the talent to write them in an authentic and relatable fashion that is rare Very seldom I feel myself being represented in novels, here I feel at home and understood This alone is worth all the stars for me.Yet on top of a self assured hand in character writing and development, Newman also creates a suspenseful crime story over a story of world politics on top of a story about abuse, slavery and loyalty Her multilayered narration in After Atlas is so different from what I encountered in Planetfall , that my first feeling was one of slight irritation It begins as a classical whodunit crime investigation and then gets deeper into issues of humaness and faith.The author manages to present twist upon twist and keeps up the suspension in a masterful way which let to me reading the whole book in one sitting It literally did cost my sleep last night, cause I would not lay it down.This feeling of all around contentment is worth all the stars Emma Newman, I love you and while I m writing this review Atlas Alone already is open at my side and awaits reading

  5. says:

    4.5 stars I really liked this one Although technically a sequel to Planetfall, instead of being set on the planet where the events of the last book took place, After Atlas is a crime novel set on Earth 40 years after the colonists of Planetfall departed I don t really read many crime novels or murder mysteries, but this one appealed to me Newman s writing and characterisation are spot on, and captured a definite sense of gritty realism in the dystopian future she has created As much as I wan 4.5 stars I really liked this one Although technically a sequel to Planetfall, instead of being set on the planet where the events of the last book took place, After Atlas is a crime novel set on Earth 40 years after the colonists of Planetfall departed I don t really read many crime novels or murder mysteries, but this one appealed to me Newman s writing and characterisation are spot on, and captured a definite sense of gritty realism in the dystopian future she has created As much as I wantedof a true sequel to the first book, this one turned out to be incredibly satisfying as well

  6. says:

    ATTENTION SF READERS NEW BINGE WORTHY SERIES Emma cool as the underside of the pillow Newman has crafted this TASTY series Planetfall, and this is the SECOND in the series.YES I HAVE STARTED SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN THE BEGINNING I sometimes do things that don t make sense BUT THAT S OK Cause WAY COOL Emma has fashioned this sufficiently as a standalone that it was entertaining by itself Like TANA FRENCH Emma has added to her world building while creating a cool police procedura ATTENTION SF READERS NEW BINGE WORTHY SERIES Emma cool as the underside of the pillow Newman has crafted this TASTY series Planetfall, and this is the SECOND in the series.YES I HAVE STARTED SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN THE BEGINNING I sometimes do things that don t make sense BUT THAT S OK Cause WAY COOL Emma has fashioned this sufficiently as a standalone that it was entertaining by itself Like TANA FRENCH Emma has added to her world building while creating a cool police procedural within her somewhat DYSTOPIAN vision.Like many AWESOME writers such as William Gibson, Neal Stephenson and Alistair Reynolds, Newman has looked ahead to a future where technology has dehumanized our society But Newman has made this to be an empathetic and humanistic story with hard SF foundations And like those other writers, while the surface story is COOL , the real hero here is Newman and her world building.She s taken WAGE SLAVE to a whole new level, reintroducing indentured servitude in a world where governments have melded into government corporate entities where privacy and individual rights have become subservient to multinational organizations and multi billionaires Regional alliances have reformed historic boundaries and America s religious isolationism has taken FULL BLOOM When the leader of a religious cult is found BRUTALLY MURDERED our hero fights past tortured ANGST and corporate espionage to not only solve the crime but also get to the bottom of some global SHENANIGANS Thank you, Ms Newman, I ll be reading MORE

  7. says:

    A detective story in a horrific dystopian future set in the Earth that was left behind by the Atlas in the book Planetfall.Carlos Moreno is a detective and an indentured slave to the Norope Ministry of Justice He s also one of the only people ever to leave the Circle, the cult that originated the Atlas spaceship that took off in search of God Now, many years later, the leader of the Circle is dead and apparently murdered, and Carlos has been put in charge of the politically charged investigati A detective story in a horrific dystopian future set in the Earth that was left behind by the Atlas in the book Planetfall.Carlos Moreno is a detective and an indentured slave to the Norope Ministry of Justice He s also one of the only people ever to leave the Circle, the cult that originated the Atlas spaceship that took off in search of God Now, many years later, the leader of the Circle is dead and apparently murdered, and Carlos has been put in charge of the politically charged investigation.Carlos is sympathetic and competent, much like Ren in Planetfall The way that investigations are conducted in this world is fascinating and the implications of the sort of technology available to law enforcement here are profound Reminiscent of Charles Stross s Halting State and Rule 34 in that regard As to the collapse of democracy and the rise of neoliberty and its like well, November 2016 is not the best time to be reading about govcorps and indentured servitude to corporations Or maybe it is the right time it certainly feels muchimpactful than it might have a month ago.I can happily report asatisfying ending to this though, although I still think the author has a problem with winding up her novels This one, like Planetfall, felt like everything in the final part of the book happens very quickly after muchleisurely scene setting for the first three quarters of it

  8. says:

    Everybody is on a leash Some areobvious than others Just finished the book and I m still reeling Newman s writing style is just so compelling Once , I was completely immersed in this world of hers, with its horrendous socio political landscape and fascinating technology While Planetfall dealt with the religious travellers space expedition to find God and Meaning, After Atlas shows us the Earth they left, one in a pitiable state where resources, both natural and human, have nearlEverybody is on a leash Some areobvious than others Just finished the book and I m still reeling Newman s writing style is just so compelling Once , I was completely immersed in this world of hers, with its horrendous socio political landscape and fascinating technology While Planetfall dealt with the religious travellers space expedition to find God and Meaning, After Atlas shows us the Earth they left, one in a pitiable state where resources, both natural and human, have nearly ran out, governments have merged with ruthless corporations only interested in profit, and where indentures are not uncommon Carlos Moreno is one of these slaves , one working for the Ministry of Justice as a highly trained detective, and our main character Like Ren, he was immediately interesting, likeable and moving.This novel, although still dealing with psychology, is quite different to the previous one and this is not just because of the change of setting The narrative takes the shape of a murder mystery, that of the charismatic Alejandro Casales, head of a religious commune, who had once been attached to the Atlas project Newman combines this with a portrayal of this bleak future and Carlos personal journey, each strand deeply tied to each other and creating a gripping story

  9. says:

    After Atlas proves that, yes indeed, Emma Newman can do cyberpunk.Good news although it takes place in the same world as Newman s earlier novel, After Atlas can be read without Planetfall, and if the idea of a discussion of agency wrapped around a police procedural taking place in a world remade by gov corps sounds appealing while an exploration of OCD on an alien planet does not, then I d definitely recommend jumping straight ahead to After Atlas You ll miss a certain amount of dramatic irony After Atlas proves that, yes indeed, Emma Newman can do cyberpunk.Good news although it takes place in the same world as Newman s earlier novel, After Atlas can be read without Planetfall, and if the idea of a discussion of agency wrapped around a police procedural taking place in a world remade by gov corps sounds appealing while an exploration of OCD on an alien planet does not, then I d definitely recommend jumping straight ahead to After Atlas You ll miss a certain amount of dramatic irony, but the worldbuilding and plot points should be entirely intelligible.The narrator of After Atlas is Carlos, a police inspector for the Noropean Ministry of Justice Carlos is also an indentured slave with few rights and little hope of freedom After the transition from pseudo democracy into neoliberty, the new gov corps tried their hands at solving the issues of poverty and homelessness in the most economical way they could think of nonpersons are scooped off the streets and locked into hot houses, where their brains are crammed with skills so they can be sold to the highest bidder Carlos is luckier than most, for the MoJ is a comparatively kindly master He may not have the right to own property or be in a relationship or cohabitate or even take his own life, but he has one of the most advanced artificial personal assistants on the market and he truly loves solving problems His newest case, however, takes him to a place he has no desire to explore his own past, including the technology shunning cult he grew up in and fled from.I thoroughly enjoyed the vivid, gritty cyberpunk world that Newman created People wander the streets of London gesticulating to thin air as they engage in virtual conversations with friends hundreds of miles away others use their APAs to play augmented reality games or watch an endless stream of advertisements Except for the very wealthy, almost all food is made to order from food printers Resources are scarce, attention even scarcer In such a world, Carlos s questions about agency are all too apt As he puts it, Everybody is on a leash Some areobvious than others Like its predecessor, After Atlas is a compelling story Approached as a mystery, it is perhaps rather lacking, both in terms of twists and in an ultimately satisfactory explanation view spoiler As a reader, I thought it looked like suicide plus postmortem damage, but it was such an obvious solution that I assumed something farintricate Even the final reasons felt rather lacking I never really felt I understood Alejandro, and many of the apparent clues remained odd and unresolved Why did Alejandro embrace an extravagant lifestyle Why did a man so vehemently against suicide end up killing himself Why did he so badly want to be chipped, particularly since he planned to commit suicide I know the mission of the cult changed, but even so, that seems like too radical and unexplained a shift in perspective Where did Klein get the bruises hide spoiler The story shines most in its examination of agency and choice, particularly coming from the perspective of a character who has so little of either As an elite inspector, Carlos is fully of the disparity between the privileged world he appears to be a part of and his actual state of disempowerment It was the constant cognitive dissonance of being so desperate to get out yet too scared to leave Of being so afraid to fail yet wishing I did so it would all stop Of being told I was lucky when I was being abused Of hearing I was a valuable asset when I was being treated like a fucking object I don t know what exactly Emma Newman does to make her books so addictive, but I do know that I m thoroughly hooked It s not just that I love the worldbuilding there s something about her stories and her style that I find utterly beguiling Whether the next book takes place on Earth or on the world of Planetfall, count me inI received this ebook through Netgalley from the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review Quotes were taken from an advanced reader copy and while they may not reflect the final version, I believe they speak to the spirit of the novel as a wholeCross posted on BookLikes.

  10. says:

    Carlos Moreno, abandoned by his parents as a child, is owned by Govcorp He works for them as a detective His contract has decades left.with time added for any sort of an infraction or mistake Even simple needs like a decent meal or new clothes can add time onto his servitude He looks forward to the day when he will be freebut most likely that day will never come His parents left Earth 40 years before on a spaceship named Atlas with other members of a religious cult dedicated to findin Carlos Moreno, abandoned by his parents as a child, is owned by Govcorp He works for them as a detective His contract has decades left.with time added for any sort of an infraction or mistake Even simple needs like a decent meal or new clothes can add time onto his servitude He looks forward to the day when he will be freebut most likely that day will never come His parents left Earth 40 years before on a spaceship named Atlas with other members of a religious cult dedicated to finding truth and God in the universe.This second book in the Planetfall series doesn t deal with Atlas or the cult that left.but with those left on Earth A prominent, powerful man is found dead in a hotel room Carlos is assigned to the case The deeper he delves into the death, thesecrets and lies he discovers Turns out that Atlas was a much darker project than he ever imagined This story is an awesome futuristic murder investigation It adds a whole new dimension to the series Carlos is a strong, intelligent, driven main character Due to his background, he always struggles with memories and self doubt though I m sure I would too if my parents had abandoned me to go seek God The story builds slowly to a climax I really didn t see coming This is a very powerful story Awesome mix of sci fi and mystery I listened to the audio book version Tantor Audio of this story Narrated by Andrew Kingston, the audio is 13 hours long Kingston has a pleasant voice and reads at a nice pace I have hearing loss, but was easily able to hear and understand the entire book Very enjoyable listening experience This series has a very classic sci fi feel to it The books are complex, well written, and absolutely engrossing There are 3 books in the series so far, with a fourth, Atlas Alone, coming out in April 2019 I have the new book on my review listcan t wait to read it I m moving on to book 3, Before Mars

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