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

  • Trish
    Okay, so I finished this last night but had to gather my thoughts before writing this review. Because the book is one of those that you can talk about for hours with others - both while reading it (discussing theories, puzzling about where the author will take this) and after finishing it (to see if it means the same to you as to other readers).The story centers around an NCIS investigator, who tries to solve several linked murder cases (a family...
  • 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.
  • Bradley
    I honestly didn't expect this novel to be quite as hard-hitting as it turned out to be.From the opening passages, I was plunged into a nightmare future world of nanotech and some humanity-ending Cthulhu-esq horrorshow of humans hanging from trees, undying hoards of men and women running, insane, and us, time-travelers in a spacecraft, observing our own future end creeping up on us sooner and sooner and sooner.OMG, I LOVE THIS. This just blows me ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Marianna Neal
    I need to process this before I review it...But, damn, that was really good!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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?
  • Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review can also be found here!DNF at 67%The biggest thing I didn’t like about this book was that I found it odd and confusing. I got this from Nocturnal Reader’s Box and when I read the description, I didn’t quite understand it. I thought I would understand it more when I read it.Boy, was I wrong.It was incredibly confusing. Every single time I thought I had the world down, something new was mentioned and introduced without being entir...
  • 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 ...
  • Denise
  • 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 --->
  • Donna Hines
    A science fiction mind blowing novel that challenges your beliefs in reincarnation, in the devil, in the idea of time warps, crucifixions, and the end of humanity (Terminus).When the Mursult family is sacrificed; special agent Shannon Moss is brought in to handle it all.Going against the grain to uncover the truths about the Navy seals families murder and locate their missing 17yo daughter Marian.The Navy Seal was an astronaut aboard the USS Libr...
  • S
    I kept reading, waiting for it to get better (hoping!)... and then it was over. Dang.This book had some interesting concepts - the time/space travel, the freaky particles. But there were just too many flaws:~How did she never run into herself? ~It was just too implausible that you would be expected to go live an entire separate life for however long you wanted, in the course of an investigation... this was beyond deep cover, and yet there seemed ...
  • Lata
    Shannon Moss, NCIS investigator and member of a time travelling division within the Navy called Deep Water, investigates the brutal killing of a family, and moves back and forth in time as she hunts for clues. She meets different, future versions of present day suspects and investigators, gradually accumulating a picture of a much more complex set of motivations than initially apparent. Shannon begins realizing these intersect with her case and w...
  • 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.
  • Linda
    4.5 starsA diagram-requiring mind blowing time-traveling murder mystery.
  • Cheryl
    A science fiction mystery involving time travel. It has an X-Files feel, but I won't say more about the plot to avoid spoilers. It's better if you read it without knowing much about it. Very well written and definitely recommended.
  • Kelly Strautmann
    I've never read anything quite like this. And it takes place right in my neck of the WV/PA woods. It was very confusing at times with a super complex sci-if plot that is probably a bit much for those not used to this genre (me), but the 4 stars are for originality. Warning: very violent.
  • Avivs
    Well, that sure felt heavy.I loved the general idea of the story, but I can't say I had a smooth ride reading it.At parts, the story felt all over the place, with too many things happening.Also, the main character - for the life of me I couldn't bring myself to like her. She was such a loser most of the time, just being thrown around like a puppet. She was also bad with a gun like all the time.So the bottom line is that I'm impressed with the boo...
  • 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...