"This claustrophobic, horror-leaning tour de force is highly recommended for fans of Jeff VanderMeerA??s Annihilation and Andy WeirA??s The Martian." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation, in which a caver on a foreign planet finds herself on a terrifying psychological and emotional journey for survival.When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought sheA??d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheckA??enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her motherA??meant sheA??d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane.
Instead, she got Em.
Em sees nothing wrong with controlling GyreA??s body with drugs or withholding critical information to A??ensure the smooth operationA? of her expedition. Em knows all about GyreA??s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leashA??and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . .
As Gyre descends, little inconsistenciesA??missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in EmA??s motivationsA??drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out aliveA??she must confront the ghosts in her own head.
But how come she canA??t shake the feeling sheA??s being followed?