The Departure

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Night Shade Books, 2013 - Fiction - 380 pages
23 Reviews


An overpopulated world is under the brutal, high-tech thumb of the Committee. Towering robot shepherds, pain-inducers, and reader guns maintain control over masses of zero-asset citizens, but for the elite this not enough. Twelve billion must human beings must die before the Earth can be stabilized, and the Argus satellite laser network is almost ready.

Waking in a crate destined for an incinerator, Alan Saul remembers only pain and his torturer’s face. But he has company: Janus, a rogue AI inhabiting the forbidden hardware in his skull. Saul intends to stop Argus and get his revenge on the Committee–once he finds out who he used to be.


Abandoned by the Committee, the Antares Base faces extinction. The colonists there will not be returning to Earth nor will they be receiving any additional supplies or support. Unless they are very ingenious, they will run out of resources and be dead within five years.

As if that’s not dire enough, Varalia Delex finds herself caught in a violent power struggle with the base’s ruthless political officers–who see everyone else as expendable. As spilled blood turns the Red Planet even redder, Var discovers that Mars holds very new and interesting ways to die

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Review: The Departure (Owner Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Robin Edman - Goodreads

Yes. We need to stop replicating geometrically. There are too many of us! Okay, now to the book. I enjoyed this book. I'm not sure I find all of the behaviors completely credible, and there's only one ... Read full review

Review: The Departure (Owner Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Tim Hicks - Goodreads

Asher's other books are much better. I think he works better at a larger scale. So. 498 pages. Two hundred pages of "he turned the access wheel, which was sealed with two layers of unobtainium to ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and divides his time between here and Crete. His previous full-length novels are Gridlinked, The Skinner, The Line of Polity, Cowl, Brass Man, The Voyage of the Sable Keech, Polity Agent, Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Line War, Shadow of the Scorpion, Orbus and The Technician.

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