The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

The Gone World

Tom Sweterlitsch

Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.

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Inception meets True Detective in this science fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope that follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind...

“I promise you have never read a story like this.”—Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL's family—and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can't share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra—a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL's experience with the future has triggered this violence.

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence or insight that will crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it's not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time's horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.

Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.


Advance Galley Reviews

I read a couple of chapters and loved what I read. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish the book before it expired. I would totally pick this book up and start where I left off.

A whirlwind fantastic read! Alternate Universes, Alternate Futures, and the end of the world. What's not to like? I thought this was a unique take on time traveling and enjoyed it immensely. I found the main character, Shannon Moss, to be relatable. She went through hell and wanted to quit so many times, but she kept going. I really liked that. I kind of wanted more from the secondary characters in terms of depth. Especially Nestor and Nicole, who were really interwoven with Shannon's life. I didn't really like the Christian aspects of this book. I felt as though the Christian beliefs were strongly misrepresented. However, I loved that the author got the reader to really think about not only their future, but the future of humanity. All in all, a great read!

Suspensful and kept me on my toes. I often found myself questioning whether it is a sci-fi time travel story? Or crime solving thriller? In conclusion it’s both. Although I enjoy crime solving novels I think the scientific elements of time traveling was a bit over my head. It felt like two separate books smashed into one. The back and fourth timelines often left me confused and it was too much work going back to double check the date. I would have enjoy this book more if was broken into two separate books. Overall, I’m glad I got a chance to read a book I normally wouldn’t pick up because I did enjoy most parts of the story especially the female lead.

The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL's family—and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can't share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra—a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL's experience with the future has triggered this violence. In many of the descriptions and reviews, I’ve noticed comparisons of this work to Interstellar, True Detective, and The Martian. In the sense that the work has similar themes to those works I agree. Mr. Sweterlitsch has done an admirable job with building a world where interstellar and time travel are a reality. I felt that his primary character, Shannon Moss, was developed well, and secondary characters needed a little more fleshing out. This was a fun read that I would have liked more depth of science and world building.

When I read The Gone World it reminded me of Interstellar and The Martian. I am fascinated by the idea of time travel and deep space. So I really enjoyed reading The Gone World. Not only is it Sci-Fi but it is also a suspense thriller too. What an awesome combination. Tom Sweterlitsch's details are so descriptive that you can picture them perfectly in your head. The Gone World is about a NCIS agent who is assigned to a triple murder and kidnapping. When she starts digging deeper into the case she realizes that there are possible connections to her time in Deep Space and what the call Terminus. The Gone World will suck you in from the start! Thank you First To Read for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was selected to read ARC. All opinions are my own.

I like the storyline and overall enjoyed this book, but I frequently got lost in the scientific details. Also jumping back and forth from past to present was confusing and hard to follow.

The Gone World is a unique blend of science fiction and crime thriller unlike anything I've ever read. I loved this book. It was complicated, mind-blowing, fascinating and just so fun. Not to mention a little scary, but in the best way. This book is heavy on the science and physics but that was one of the reasons I loved it. I have no idea how to explain this plot. I'm not going to lie, it is super confusing. At least, the more you try to explain it, it is. I'll give it a go. Shannon Moss is part of a top-secret division of NCIS that has the ability to travel forward in time but never before the Terminus, a seemingly unavoidable future that results in the end of the world. It's a possible future that happens in every future they travel to, but at different times. In fact, the end keeps getting closer. In her present day, Terra Firma (1997) Shannon Moss is investigating the murder of the Mursult family and the disappearance of Marian Mursult. The prime suspect being Patrick Mursult, a former Navy Seal who is identified as being part of a missing vessel called the Libra. Libra was part of a project called Deep Waters. She is sent into the future to investigate the crime and missing person's case in hopes of learning enough to prevent it. During this process, she discovers...more. Everything is connected and Shannon is determined to find how or if she can prevent the Terminus. This book blew me away. There was nothing about this book I didn't like. The science was complicated but well explained. There were a few times that the book lost me, but oddly enough, I kind of enjoyed it. It was original, thought-provoking and as far from predictable as possible. The subject of time travel inevitably brings up things like fate and whether the future can truly be altered and I thought it was handled well. As far as the science goes, it was complicated but even properly explained time travel can be confusing. The book addressed so many aspects of time travel that are usually ignored, simple things like the resulting mental stress or even the issue of aging. Every part of the plot is connected and interwoven and each time I thought I had a handle on where the book was going, the rug was pulled out underneath me. I loved it. At this point, I might as well pull out a thesaurus and see if I can come up with any more ways to say fascinating, mind-blowing, and original. This book is all of these things and more and I can't recommend it enough for fans of science fiction/thrillers. *I received an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

3.5-4 stars I struggled reading this book and am struggling writing the review. I loved the concept of the story but didn’t totally love the execution. I am always intrigued with time travel, and I felt that the portion of the book dealing with that was fabulous. Sweterlitsch clearly researched and thought through that concept and executed it very effectively. What I didn’t like as much was the length (the book would have benefitted from significantly more editing), the intricate scientific detail and the overly complex plot. I felt I had to be hyperly focused on the book every time I read, or I would lose track of the various story lines. Overall, The Gone World is an interesting and original tale that you must be prepared to devote your entire attention to as you read it and not spread it over too many days. Thanks to First to Read for my copy. All opinions are my own.

This novel had an interesting concept however, with all of the science background, I felt like it detracted somewhat from the story line. It was entertaining once you got past all of the science and was able to focus on the story. I thought I would like this novel since I am a huge fan of Blake Crouch -- and it seemed when reading the synopsis, that Tom Sweterlitsch was a similar writer. Good novel -- just not one of my favorites I have read as part of Penguin's First to Read program.

Whoa this book really messed with my brain. I love works dealing with multiple universes (the television show Fringe, last years' Dark Matter by Blake Crouch) and this book gave a heavy dose of mind blowing science. It was almost too much at times, but it was still great. The underlying mystery and detective story were also compelling. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who likes this genre as it is very entertaining and thought provoking.

I did not make it past page 16 - way too much gore for me. This is not my kind of book!

Big Thanks to First to Read program for letting me have a copy of this book in advance. This was the first book that I’ve read in a while whereI can’t wait to get back to it. Imagine combining a really good time travel book with a really good mystery. As a warning, the book does get intense in some scenes, especially the second half of the book. The ending was satisfying ehich is a breath of fresh air anymore. If you like science fiction and police procedurals, grab this book,

I honestly don’t even know where to start. This book was fascinating and intense, dark and clever. It took me longer than usual to get through it because it was so densely packed with information, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

Deep Space. Deep time. In the future there isn't much in the universe outside of the reach of humanity.....even time. Shannon Moss is part of a secret branch of the NCIS that travels in time, investigating possible futures and the Terminus....an event in the future that might cause the end of humanity. They want to learn how to prevent Terminus, but they also discover that time travel has some very real physical and mental costs. In 1997, Moss joins a police investigation into the brutal murder of a mother and two of her children. Moss is familiar with the house -- years ago her best friend lived there. A Former NavySEAL who disappeared during a time travel mission years before is the main suspect in the grisly murders. The dead woman's 17 year old daughter is missing. As she travels in time to find facts about the murders, the missing girl and the crazed suspect, Moss also discovers horrifying facts about Terminus. Wow! This book is an awesome mix of Sci-fi and suspense thriller! The story sucked me in right away and I couldn't stop reading! The plot has intricate layers....flipping back and forth in time....but Sweterlitsch's powerful writing keeps the story under control, making it thrilling and not confusing. Moss is an excellent main character....gritty, intelligent and determined. I definitely recommend this book for lovers of Sci-Fi, suspense and thriller novels. It's an exciting read. The story just grabs ahold and doesn't let go until the very last page. Excellent read! This book will release in February 2018. For more information on the author and his other books, check out his website: http://www.letterswitch.com/ **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from First To Read/Penguin Random House. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

I am not a sci-fi fan and found this story very hard to follow. Maybe it was the scientific jargon that was used throughout the book or the constant jumping from the past to the present back to the past but everything seemed to run together. This was not a book for me.

Wow. I keep trying to figure out how to describe this one, and keep getting lost in my own head as a result... (NB: Once you read the book, you'll smirk at that sentence - it's perfectly in keeping with the tone and action of the story!) There is SO MUCH going on here - not in a multiple story lines sense, so much as in an "it's incredibly dense and the explanations are convoluted and complicated and full of under- (and over-) tones of science and religion and mythology and suspense and psychology and sociology" sense... The book is dark and horrifying and clever and brilliant and weird and fascinating, and it has taken me longer than I anticipated to read and comprehend it all - and I'm still quite convinced I missed a slew of connections and analytical bits. You could write a thesis on this, read it seven times, and still probably not get everything out of it... I won't do that - it was too dark for me to say it was something I'd rush to re-read. The book wore on me; Shannon's world is horrendous, even while it's wildly entertaining to visit. But - importantly - this doesn't detract AT ALL from a single read for entertainment... I found the book thoroughly engaging and fascinating and for the vast majority I was flipping pages furiously - simultaneously cringing to see what came next and dying to get there so I'd have my curiosity sated. It's a tour de force - and you won't look at the world (or space!) the same after reading it...

At some indeterminate point in Earth's future, two suns will appear in the sky. One of them is a white hole which will cause the Terminus, at which point all human life on Earth will cease (or at least cease to be relevant). Special Agent Shannon Moss is with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Part of her work involves going on dangerous time traveling missions to a point in the future in an attempt to determine the cause of the Terminus and to prevent it if possible. She also investigates naval-related crimes in her present day which is 1997. While investigating a triple homicide and the disappearance of a teenaged girl, Shannon must travel into the future to complete her investigations which are somehow linked to the Terminus. This is a sci fi crime thriller. It involves the quest for immortality, nanotechnology, time travel and a lot of acronyms. The book is vastly confusing, the science seems sketchy, I have no clue how this time travel was supposed to work and the epilogue caused my head to explode (and not in a good way). Nevertheless, I really liked this book. I thought it was really strange, imaginative and well written. It will make an intriguing movie. This is the second book I've read by this author and I hope to read more. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Thank you to Penguin First to Read for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I quite enjoyed the concept of this novel as a thrilling time-travelling sci-fi crime drama. The main character, Shannon Moss, is a smart, strong and driven female protagonist, and it is impossible not to root for her. These things kept me turning pages despite growing confused by certain technicalities and a bevy of characters and motivations that were hard to keep straight.

The first few chapters of The Gone World were hard science and a bit of a struggle. However, once you moved past the scientific groundwork the story really takes off. I found Moss a compelling character. She tries to keep herself grounded through some very difficult and weird situations. That knowing yourself and what motivates you is important. It reminded me very much of Dark Matter.

This is sci-fi blends with mystery/suspense in this story with Shannon Moss as the main character. It's very complex and sometimes confusing as Shannon travels through time to various future versions with people who she has encountered in the past. It's the complexity which drew me to the story. There is brutality, senseless and graphic, but Shannon doesn't give up trying to solve the mystery of what is going on.

The Gone World is a breathtaking journey of literary imagination. Beautifully written, deeply layered, and most importantly mind-boggling. It’s a procedural detective story about a NCIS investigator Shannon Moss looking into a brutal bloody murder of a family in a house where her best friend from childhood had once lived. But, it’s not just any police procedural because Moss is part of a secret program whereby the investigators can inject themselves into the stream of time and space seeing what the future has wrought. Time travel is always interesting and here it’s downright fantastic. Yes, there are two paths you can go by but it’s not too late to change the road you are on. Indeed, there are infinite paths into infinite futures which becomes quite maddening. And, not to be left out, besides murder, mutiny, space travel, time travel, alien life forms, conspiracy, time paradoxes, and more, it’s the story of the impending end of the world and whether it’s destiny or alterable. Richly textured, thought-provoking, detailed, and crazy-making, The Gone World is simply awesome. Many thanks to The Publisher for a copy of the book for review.

I really enjoyed the book, it wasn't as fast paced as some novels, but that's probably a good thing as there was a lot of different scenarios and setting to try and keep straight. It was a fun, thoughtful read without being too deep.

I downloaded the Adobe Digital Editions app and downloaded the book. It downloaded the book but it still won't let me read it. It only shows the title and won't let me move on to the next page. Not able to read to the book.

I was provided an ARC from Penguin Books and First to Read for my honest review I really tried to get into this book and just couldn't. I found myself not picking it up when I had free time to read. Sweterlitsch's writing style did not flow well for me and I found myself bored. The plot moved too slowly and descriptions were a bit overdone. This may be a better novel for someone else, but I was unable to finish it.

I wanted so badly to love this novel. It had such a fantastic story line and I'm a sucker for strong female characters. However, this novel and I just didn't work well. I found it a bit slow at times, which stopped me from really getting into the story. I also found that the way it was written was very confusing; there were too many details and names thrown out there and it became hard for me to keep track of everyone. And that was just in the first few chapters! I really liked the concept behind this story, and the tie-in with the mystery and science fiction elements. However, the writing style made this confusing and hard to get into. A lot of other people have read this book and have very positive reviews on it, so I would encourage anyone who is a fan of this author or who likes mysteries/sci-fi to give this novel a shot!

I enjoyed this book. The back and forth sometimes made it a little hard to follow but all in all I throughly enjoyed it.

The Gone World is an inventive mix of crime drama and sci-fi. Incredibly compelling, the travels through time and space wrapped up in a family's murder and a larger impending doom make this book difficult to put down. Sweterlitsch tells the story masterfully, explaining the science as the characters come to understand what is happening. It is confusing at times, but felt like the confusion came with the character's journey towards understanding, better lending to the enveloping storytelling. Sweterlitsch also alters the point of view based on when in time the story is, giving the real-time moments a more grounding effect. This sinks the reader more into feeling that main character Shannon Moss is traveling away in time and coming back to tell her story, instead of experiencing it with her when she goes. We are left behind in time waiting for her to return and tell us what the future holds. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be recommending it as a must read.

Fast, kinetic, taut, tense, without a doubt the hardest book to put down that I have read this year. Basically, I put the rest of my life on hold and read this in one long session, eating meals all over my eReader, as I continued. NCIS is involved in this tale of a murdered family but this NCIS has little to do with the comfort inspired by the well-known TV show. This NCIS has Deep Space and Deep Time programs that enhance their crime solving sphere significantly. Because, of course, malicious navy vets find a way to run amok in those secret programs as well. This is a complex and exciting thriller that is filled with good science fiction that blends seamlessly with the story. I loved the book.

Not at all what I expected. I am not usually a fan of this type of sci-fiction but found the time travel and murder mystery more intriguing the further I delve into the novel. However, parts were confusing and I lost interest early on. I really had to push through but felt satisfied when I did. Recommended for die-hard fans of the murder mystery/sci-fi genre but not for someone looking for an easy read.

The Gone World is about the ability to travel through time, with the main character, Shannon Moss, traveling to the future because of incidents that occur in her present time of 1997. Time travel is a tricky thing to write about, which is evidenced in this novel. There are points where the author seems to contradict himself in the rules he has imposed. In addition there's points where it's difficult to suspend belief - like Shannon's mother not knowing what she does for a living but never seeming to notice why she's aging rapidly. The book also goes back and forth in time so many times that it gets confusing to the reader on what time they're reading about, what information matters, and how it's relevant. There are points in the books that seem to cover information that's irrelevant (Shannon's dad?) to the overall story line, and details that aren't explained well enough to understand why they're important to the story line. The B-L drive is an important part to the conclusion of the story, but I never really felt like I knew why it would be important. Shannon's goal also seems to change throughout the book. Is it to save Marian? Is it to apprehend the Libra crew? Is it to understand the Vardogger? Or is it to prevent Libra from bringing back knowledge, or worse, from deep space? Because of the constant jumping through time it feels confusing instead of compelling. The end of the story feels anticlimatic, and the epilogue feels like a disservice to the strong, independent female of the rest of the book. And it leaves you feeling like "is it really the end?" or is it just another travel through time, and nothing is truly resolved. There are parts of the book written in sentence fragments which also tends to drive me crazy. The premise of the book has the potential to be a great story, and at points reads quickly. But overall for me, between trying to follow the timelines and the overall goal of the book, it was hard to find this satisfying.

I downloaded the new Adobe software but I still can't open the book. Sorry, this sounded like a really good book. Why aren't there Kindle editions? Or something Kindle compatible? Super frustrating. My phone screen is simply too small...

Thank you First to Read for the opportunity to read The Gone World. This is a Sy-Fi - murder mystery - those who enjoy this genre will like this novel. The plot goes back and forth in time - the protagonist is Shannon Moss. She is an investigator for the Navy, and she is assigned to find a missing young girl, however, this is complicated by the murder of her family. Shannon is part of an elite group of investigators and she must look into the future for answers. Shannon has her own troubled past, but she is determed to find the missing girl and get to the bottom of her family's mystery. The past and the present converge and Shannon is not sure she can handle what she sees, because it doesn't look good for humanity in general. In fact, it's quite scary. Good book, got confusing at times, but if you like this genre, it is a good read.

The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch is an excellent read. It makes you wonder if you really know reality. It’s entirely possible that we are all simply one of an infinitely possible futures. How would we know? The end was a bit anticlimactic and not at all what I expected but then if I had managed to change one thing in my past would I still be the person I am today? Would I meet the same people and have the same experiences? I very much doubt it. But either way I like to think that I still would have read this book and loved it just as much.

I'm not usually a fan of science fiction, but decided to give this one a try. At times it was hard to keep up with the back and forth in time, but overall it was a good read.

I have to admit that when I first read about this book I wasn't sure if I would like it, but I really enjoyed this book. It was really different than anything else I have read. Once I started reading this book I didn't want to stop reading. I just kept going back to find out what happens next. The story and characters really pulled me into the book. It is definitely a good read!

Some crimes are so bizarre that they defy logic and reason, taking years to understand and solve. But in The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch it's possible for special members of NCIS to travel through Deep Time to possible futures to get the leads needed to solve a case now.  Shannon Moss is an NCIS investigator, seasoned in navigating Deep Space and Deep Time, but the case she's assigned to in 1997 of a slain family of a Navy SEAL, who was presumed MIA while on the disappeared Deep Time ship the U.S.S. Libra, and his missing daughter is wreaking havoc on both her personal life, with her connections to the location where the murders took place, and the future of the world, with the impending doom of Terminus moving closer and closer. In trying to find the missing girl, solve the case, and help prevent the end of the world, Shannon collaborates with standard law enforcement, but also travels to possible futures to gain clues to aid the current investigation.  Though reliant on science fiction elements to achieve time and space travel, as well as discuss a multiverse-esque possible futures scenario, the rest of the novel wasn't too sci-fi heavy and instead focused more on aspects of a crime procedural. I found it an intriguing concept to essentially work toward reverse engineering a point of divergence, where you know the future and you try to make the necessary modifications to the past to alter the events of the future to a more desirable outcome (although let's not say that the epilogue is a narratively desirable outcome)- ultimately it makes you question what reality is and how you're related to it. Various acronyms were used for quite a long time in the text before they were explained to the reader, which is something that I always find irksome, particularly in a novel where there are many acronyms or field-specific jargon in use.  Overall, I'd give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

This book was one wild adventure in time travel and a woman's efforts to stop a doomsday event called terminus. Shannon Hale, a NCIS agent is involved in deep water, as a time traveler, while also investigating a horrific murder set in 1997.The suspect in the murder, ties in with the deep water program and Shannon's forays through multiple future timelines to change the past finds answers to many of the questions plaguing the program and the solution to the murder. The science is somewhat confusing trying to keep the jumps and characters personalities encountered in the varied timelines straight. The terminus effect is creepy and a gore overload, just a warning. Really fast action and hard to put down., I read the book straight through to see if they make it. Twists and surprises abound, buckle up for the ending. I would recommend to any science fiction readers.

1997-Patrick Mursult, a Navy SEAL, is the prime suspect in the brutal murder of his family and disappearance of his teen daughter. Mursult is identified as one of the crewman who was aboard the U.S.S. Libra, a missing vessel, that was part a time travel operation called "Deep Waters". NCIS Special Agent Shannon Moss is also a traveler, and is brought into the investigation to locate the missing girl. Each jump places her in one of many possible future variations of our world in which she must piece together the clues to solve the crime before it happens. Driven to find the girl, Moss discovers a connection to her past and the cataclysmic end of the world-Terminus. This book is a thrilling action packed adventure that you won't want to put down. Much like a choose your own adventure story; each jump leads to an alternate chain of events that generate different outcomes in both the past and present. If you love thrillers with twists and surprises then you need to read this book.

I downloaded the new Adobe software but I still can't open the book. Sorry, this sounded like a really good book.

 


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