Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and divides his time between here and Crete. His previous full-length novels are Gridlinked, The Skinner, The Line of Polity, Cowl, Brass Man, The Voyage of the Sable Keech, Polity Agent, Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Line War, Shadow of the Scorpion and Orbus.
On an overpopulated, high-tech future Earth where most humans are deemed zero-asset citizens and destined for destruction, the Committee enjoys total control. It has also abandoned the Antares Base colony on Mars, dooming the colonists. Alan Saul, a former prisoner of the Committee, escapes death by incineration only to discover that his memories are missing and that he shares his mind with a powerful, rogue AI that provides him with enhanced mental and physical abilities. On Mars, Varalia Delex joins a movement to attempt to save Antares Base. VERDICT Asher (Brass Man; Cowl) begins a new saga that tells the stories of two worlds struggling for freedom and self-determination. A feast for fans of high-tech sf and space adventure/suspense. [Zero Point, the second volume, will publish in May-Ed.] (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Fast, furious, violent, slightly tongue-in-cheek (I think), and a
whole lot of fun that makes 1984 seem like a children's tea
party . . . the start of another promising series from Asher. Go
on, dive in, you won't be disappointed. * British Fantasy Society
Delivers plenty of thrills, and the climax also sets up a very intriguing status quo for the second volume. * SFX *
Action packed and thrilling, The Departure is a must for all fans of contemporary science fiction who haven't experienced Asher's visceral novels before. * We Love This Book *
The Orwellian intro had me utterly hooked right from the start. I simply couldn't stop reading until I reached the end. * WorldsInInk *
Fast, dramatic stuff . . . this is a book with lots of Asher trademarks: rapid pace, great action, messy consequences. * SFFWorld *
I had an absolute blast with this book . . . his work really does get better and better. * Falcata Times *