Maelstrom

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Macmillan, Jan 6, 2009 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Second in the Rifters Trilogy, Hugo Award-winning author Peter Watts' Maelstrom is a terrifying explosion of cyberpunk noir.

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

PRELUDE MESSIAH
15
VOLVOX
19
PHYSALIA
163
ANTHOPLEURA
285
EPILOGUE SLEEPING BY FIRELIGHT
365
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
369
REFERENCES
371
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Peter Watts lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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