The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

The Gone World

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

Details The Gone World

TitleThe Gone World
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Reviews The Gone World

  • Sylvain Neuvel
    In a word: Whoa! Edge-of-your-seat crime fiction that bends both time and mind. Think True Detective meets 12 Monkeys. Throw in the end of the world and you can begin to imagine where this gut-twisting tale will take you. This is cross-genre fiction at its best.
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    If there is one book that I feel inadequate to review, it's The Gone World, because it's so mind-blowing fascinating and sometimes a bit too much for my little brain to take it, but at least I think I grasped most of what was going on in the book. Still, it's hard to review that left you with a feeling of exhausting, wonder and dread. Within two months of her arrival in Virginia Beach, she had time-traveled to the Terminus of humanity and sailed...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Gone World follows protagonist Shannon Moss, who belongs to a top-secret division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. On paper, her job is to investigate any criminal activities involving members of the US Navy or Marine Corps, but behind the scenes, her duties involve a whole lot more, including traveling through time to search for clues in a myriad of p...
  • Blair
    I wanted to read this because of the story that Neill Blomkamp is adapting it into a film, as well as the fact that Sweterlitsch has served as co-writer on a number of Blomkamp’s Oats Studios projects. I mention this first because The Gone World, being pretty high-concept sci-fi, is not the kind of novel that would have appeared on my radar otherwise. Thankfully, Sweterlitsch is a first-rate storyteller, and though the plot is complex I found t...
  • Juli
    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 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 jo...
  • Dave
    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 the...
  • Cindy Burnett
    3.5-4 starsI 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 signi...
  • Faith
    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 a...
  • Tanja Berg
    “Merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.”I often struggle to emotionally connect with characters if they are placed in an over worn plot in a common genre. This book transcends genre and I have never read anything remotely similar to this - despite the fact that I’ve read 140 books a year since my early teens. In this book we meet special agent Shannon Moss. In her teens, she lost her best friend in a grisly murder. As an adult she travel to...
  • Roy
    3.5*Moss works for a special division of NCIS. She has this weird ability to jump about time, to solve a murder mystery. At the back of her mind is the thought of the world ending. This end of the world concept is called The Terminus. When she returns back from the future she realises the Terminus is closer than first thought. Its intriguing, thought provoking and has much more going on than just a scifi novel about time travel. It has a strong t...
  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss for review consideration.The Gone World was hard to write up a review for. On one hand, it was absolutely breathtaking in it’s scope and imagination. On the other, I never had the desire to read the book for more than fifteen or twenty minutes at a time. So, obviously something wasn’t quite clicking there. In fact, even though I was super curious to see how he was going to wrap things ...
  • Katy
    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 damn 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 e...
  • Stacey Camp
    **5 Goodreads Stars** "And many sailors who have seen Deep Space return hollowed, overwhelmed by the immensity of the cosmos. The totality of human endeavor is nothing when set against the stars." "There is no design. The universe isn't kind or cruel. The universe is vast and indifferent to our desires." This semester has been very busy as I've been somewhat behind on a couple big writing projects, which all caught up with me this past month! My...
  • David
    This is one of the best books I've read and I highly recommend it. You can check out my review here --->
  • Rina
    Pour yourself a stout and tell everyone to go away because this is a must read for sci fi geeks in 2018. The beginning of this book totally drew me in with something bizarre happening in the future. Then the next chapter presents a murder mystery that takes place in the eighties which also had me intrigued. I don't want to give away anything from the plot because I hate when reviewers do that. So I will just give my recommendations.If you like ti...
  • Kate
    An excellent mindboggling and jawdropping time-travelling thriller. Rich in conundrums and paradoxes, with some really intriguing concepts regarding the nature of reality and existence. Also an enjoyable apocalyptic element along with some moments of horror and wonder. Bits flew over my head a little, but otherwise thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing. Full review shortly on For Winter Nights.
  • Debbie
    WTF? I have no idea what went on in this book - and I am willing to consider that it's a bit over my head but really...there is murder mystery wrapped in a time-travel paradox wrapped in a pending apocalypse all a jumble. I kept reading hoping for it to make some sense but alas I ended the book with a big HUH?
  • Kevin
    Fascinating premise and a strong plot but it's endlessly confusing. So many alternate timelines end up muddling the plot. It was an experience.
  • Roxanne
    Part of me wants to rate this a 3, but on the other hand this an amazing mind blowing time traveling crime story.
  • Jarmo Tuisk
    Inception on selle kõrval nagu Winnie Puhh. Raamat võtab su arusaamisvõime ja reaalsustaju nagu märja nartsu, väänab sellest viimsegi piisa ning virutab lõpuks lärtsuga vastu kahhelpõrandat. Hellusega. Soovitatav. Väga.
  • Bob Reiss
    Tom Sweterlitsch takes three well worn sub-genres, the procedural murder mystery, time travel adventure and apocalyptic fiction and twists them into a miasma of something truly original. Sweterlitsch has created a tale full of dark imagery. He creates settings like a visual artist, hauntingly beautiful, like a nightmare you can’t escape. Yet it’s not this dark landscapes that truly make this novel work, but the human characters he populates t...
  • Virginia
    Anyone who loved watching the X-Files, Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, or time travel shows will love this book! We follow Shannon Moss, a detective with more weight on her shoulders than Atlas carrying the world. She works for the NCIS, but she has the ability to hop into a government-funded ship and travel to the future to find out what happened to crimes yet to be solved in the present. The government is dealing with a bigger issue when an un...
  • Vishaka Rajan
    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 fi...
  • Lynn Williams
    2018-02-15 as Inception meets True Detective Tom Sweterlitsch’s Gone World is a dark and fairly brutal thriller with a modern day setting where sci fi has made the impossible possible.This is a clever read indeed and one that definitely needs clear focus and attention in order to stay on top of the many plot twists. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure that I understood all of the elements at play here and y...
  • Eric
    Some novels take their time to build; some start with a sprint and keep going from there. The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch falls in the second category. The prologue packs a ton of ideas and hooked me immediately. It set a very high standard that the rest of the book surpassed. Mr. Sweterlitsch mixed Lovecraftian horror with a mystery in a science fictional setting. It’s got cosmic horror. It’s got spaceships. It’s got a disabled, female ...
  • L.A.
    I'm in a bit of a predicament here: I have to take this book back to the library today, because it's already three days overdue. This means I have to review it now. However, I'm pretty much speechless gob-smacked, and won't be able to write an intelligent critique least a week, I'm thinking.Maybe longer.NCIS agent Shannon Moss lives in a world where time travel is not only possible, it's routine. At least, if you're a government agent wi...
  • Lauren Schuyler James (storied.adventures)
    I received an ARC of this book from Penguin First Reads. (You should sign up! It’s pretty cool!) The Gone World comes out February 6, 2018.First, let me talk about what I loved. This was a really smart book. Meaning, it really makes you think. This book kind of blew my mind. I have read a lot of Sci-fi, but I’m going to admit that this was a way more Science-y book than I usually read, but I loved the story. It was highly engaging, never once...
  • Benoit
    Good book, good story, totally ok, didn't love it. An interesting take on the typical time travel idea and, without getting to heavily into spoiler territory, it managed to make time travel seem like a semi realistic proposition with plausible effects. Personally though, I found this book bleak as hell, and while I found it very well written, Shannon Moss (main character) finds herself alone very often due to the circumstances of the story. In a ...
  • Eric
    Time-travel detective plot with something of a horror kick to it. The blurb of "Inception + True Detective" isn't that far off. I really dug it; it's a deeply dark book that takes it's sci-fi bent seriously. It's also a total page turner. It's very light in terms of complexity; you're not going to get bogged down in the details of it, though having read A History Of Time Travel recently, I think he at least did his homework whilst making up his t...
  • Cheryl
    So, one of the blurbs on the cover of this book said something along the lines of Inception meets X. Fine, I can see that...but it's more than that, okay? Time travel is possible but only if you have the right training and clearances, which ultimately means that astronauts can time travel and Shannon Moss is sort of an astronaut but instead of traveling space, she travels time. Haunted by the death of her childhood best friend, she is called to t...