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, Mystery, Time Travel, Thriller, Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy, Adult, Fantasy, Crime, Adventure

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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 --->
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mary
    The Gone World, by Tom Sweterlitsch February 2018I fell in love with time travel in fifth grade when I read "A Wrinkle in Time", by Madeline L'Engle. And now "The Gone World" is my new favorite time travel book. It's a "Donnie Darko" kind of novel that sucks you into its world from the instant you open it. What a ride! God I loved this book! I need to read it again. Right now! The protagonist of Sweterlitsch's novel is Shannon Moss, an NCIS inves...
  • Tonstant Weader
    The Gone World is a novel unlike any I have read before. Tom Sweterlitsch weaves together the forms of mystery, science fiction, and thrillers into something new and terrifying. NCIS investigator Shannon Moss is called out to a family annihilation crime scene, the father missing and suspect, the older daughter missing and at risk. The crime scene is uniquely haunting because her best friend lived there. She spent much of her youth in that home, t...
  • Bethany
    Going in, I was expecting The Gone World to be a sort of procedural crime thriller, and was pleasantly surprised to find time travel, philosophy, and political intrigue thrown into the mix! "Inception meets True Crime" actually seems like a relatively apt description. Special Agent Shannon Moss is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEALS family and, hopefully, find his missing teenage daughter. The twist is that Shannon is part of a super sec...
  • Jill Elizabeth
    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 an...
  • Jackie
    * 3.5 stars *This book is a great cross between the sci fi and thriller genre setting up a mystery that travels through time in order to uncover the truth behind missing person case filtered with eerie similarities to a future event that wipes out humanity as a whole. I have to admit the first 25% of the book was a bit hard to get into because it sets up the laws of this world with the Deep Space program and the consequences humanity faces in the...
  • Erica
    I received a free copy of this ARC from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! 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 ...
  • Meg
    This book I got as an ARC and I'm not often into crime fiction. However, this book took tropes from scifi and crime fiction and turned them on their heads. On top of that, it features a strong amputee protagonist, which is something I don't get to read often. The handling of this by the author felt respectful to the character as well as to real-life amputees. In addition, though the book is about time travel and the ending involves time travel, i...
  • Bookish By Design
    I received an advance copy from Penguin Random House to Review. Thank you!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 li...
  • Roberta
    This is a unique book written by a brilliant person. If readers consider themselves to also be brilliant, then this is the book for you. It gravitates dozens of times between the terra firma present and the future - sometimes to an excess. It involves an NCIS special agent, in addition to a SEAL astronaut who was aboard the spaceship Libra believed to have been lost to Deep Time. The SEAL's family was murdered, his daughter is missing, and the NC...
  • 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...
  • Brooke
    I received this from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Shannon Moss works for the NCIS, and she's charged with investigating the murder of a family. However, travel through deep space and deep time is possible, allowing Shannon to travel to the future in order to gain more information about the crime. However, the Terminus, an apocalyptic event, is on the horizon and each jump forward in time shows the Terminus coming earlier and earlier...
  • Nicole Strand
    Shannon Moss is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL's family, and to find the missing teenage daughter. She discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut on the spaceship U.S.S. Libra, a ship thought to be lost in Deep Time.Shannon is determined to find the missing girl while being driven by a connection from her past. She travels ahead in time to see different futures and seek evidence to crack the case.This is definitely a different ...
  • Samantha | southern_book_belle
    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...
  • Dan
    Shannon Moss a NCIS agent that travels in time, investigating possible futures so to try and help in stopping the end of the world which will be caused by something called the event in the future that might cause the end of humanity. In 1997, Moss investigates into the brutal murder of a family which they believed were killed by another time traveler who disappeared years before. If you love science fiction and thrillers, then you ...
  • Suzanne
    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 sph...
  • Pattyh
    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 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 trouble...
  • Karen Parisot
    In the future, an NCIS agent is assigned to investigate the murder of a Navy Seal’s family. Her investigation will lead her to many different possible futures as she works to solve the case.My attention was grabbed in the first few pages, and before long I was really into this novel. It’s a murder mystery/survival story with science fiction elements. The main character is a strong, fierce, determined woman who never loses sight of her goal. F...
  • Joan
    3.5 stars. I started off really liking this book and the murder mystery that the protagonist attempts to solve by travelling to the future. The murder investigation falls to the background as the science fiction theme ramps up. The SF aspect ended up being about 75% of the story and this made the plot a little confusing and less enjoyable for me. The story was fast paced and the writing was good. Recommended for those who are looking for a scienc...
  • Celia Daughter)
    Thank to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book!After reading many reviews I expected to be confused by the plot, but I was surprised to find that I followed it along quite well. I am not much into crime, but I love sci-fi so I decided to try this out. I am glad I did. I really did enjoy reading it. Shannon is flawed yet has a head on her shoulders. I mean, you have to be when you time travel! This book makes you think, which I found...