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Max Barry’s PROVIDENCE

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It has been awhile since Max Barry’s Lexicon, a mind-blowing thriller about the power of words, so when an advanced copy of his new novel for 2020 arrived I dived into it straight away. And, as always, Max Barry has written something completely different, utterly entertaining and cleverly twisted.


Providence is pure science fiction genius. Set in deep space humankind has encountered an alien species. When first contact goes viciously wrong the human race sets all its resources and all its will into annihilating this new species from the universe. Seven years after first contact Providence 5 is launched. Totally managed by an complex AI system the ship is crewed by only 4 humans. Their job is to monitor the ship’s systems, send back messages of hope and inspiration and to survive. First, survive each other, then survive the ship’s complex decision making and then survive the alien species they’ve been sent to destroy. Each of which gets progressively more difficult.


The is a science fiction novel that works on so many different levels. From the psychological of four human beings in confined quarters trying to endure years of deep space travel to the ethical nature of war and conflict. Max Barry keeps the story humming at a constant pace and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the final pages. This is what great science fiction is made of and your mind will continue to tick and digest the story well after you put it down.



ISBN: 9781529352047

Format: Paperback

Language: English

Number Of Pages: 320

Available: 31st March 2020

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Country of Publication: GB

Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3

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