Maelstrom

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Macmillan, Jan 6, 2009 - Fiction - 384 pages
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This is the way the world ends:

A nuclear strike on a deep sea vent. The target was an ancient microbe—voracious enough to drive the whole biosphere to extinction—and a handful of amphibious humans called rifters who'd inadvertently released it from three billion years of solitary confinement.

The resulting tsunami killed millions. It's not as through there was a choice: saving the world excuses almost any degree of collateral damage.

Unless, of course, you miss the target.

Now North America's west coast lies in ruins. Millions of refugees rally around a mythical figure mysteriously risen from the deep sea. A world already wobbling towards collapse barely notices the spread of one more blight along its shores. And buried in the seething fast-forward jungle that use to be called Internet, something vast and inhuman reaches out to a woman with empty white eyes and machinery in her chest. A woman driven by rage, and incubating Armageddon.

Her name is Lenie Clarke. She's a rifter. She's not nearly as dead as everyone thinks.

And the whole damn world is collateral damage as far as she's concerned. . . .

 

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User Review  - dukedom_enough - LibraryThing

Maelstrom is the second book in Watts's Rifters trilogy, and forms part of a continuous story. This review has spoilers for the first book. So, the news is bad: "It just lives, Killjoy. It lives, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - lyrrael - LibraryThing

This book was disappointing, even though I'd been warned that it was a totally different animal than Starfish. Now, I like a good apocalypse. I really like a good apocalypse, especially one borne on ... Read full review

Contents

PHYSALIA
163
Equilibrium
183
Snare
202
Vision Quest
215
The Algebra of Guilt
221
Mask
231
Scalpel
240
The Generals
246
Decoys
256
Crucifixion with Spiders
272
ANTHOPLEURA
285
SLEEPING BY FIRELIGHT
365
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Peter Watts lives in Toronto, Ontario.