You don't need to own a Kindle device to enjoy Kindle books. Download one of our FREE Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on all your devices.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Digital List Price: $7.99
Kindle Price: $4.68

Save $3.31 (41%)

includes tax, if applicable

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

The Darwin Elevator (Dire Earth Cycle) by [Hough, Jason M.]
Audible Narration
Playing...
Loading...
Paused
Kindle App Ad

The Darwin Elevator (Dire Earth Cycle) Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
$4.68

Length: 497 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Audible Narration:
Audible Narration
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration. Add narration for a reduced price of $8.99 after you buy the Kindle book.
Ready
Language: English

Kindle Daily Deal: Save at least 70%
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price - for that day only. See today's deal or sign up for the newsletter

Product description

Product Description

After aliens constructed an elevator from Darwin, Australia into space, humanity established orbital colonies along the elevator's cord. Years later, those outside of the machine's protective aura were wiped out by a mysterious plague. When the elevator's virus shield begins to break down, a scavenger and a scientist must unravel the mystery of the failing alien technology to save what's left of the world.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1782 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345537122
  • Publisher: Titan Books (19 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MLDKLDU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

click to open popover

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By Peter Eerden TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 March 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Darwin elevator is the first in a series, I have wanted to read for a long time. The trouble with reviewing books is that it gets in the way of reading the books you want rather than the books the publishers send.

Jason has a strong grasp of narrative prose and keeps the tension just so. I was a little disappointed in some of the character renderings that were a little shallow. My hope is that in the next in the series these will be fleshed out a little more so as to add additional depth to the storyline. All in all though I am glad I took a break from my list but will endeavour to get back to it as soon as I have finished books two and three in this series. A good read that promises more. I will keep you posted.
One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I came across this book after cyber stalking another favourite author's blog and this was a recommendation from him. I would not normally read this type of book, I am more an urban fantasy fan when it comes to fiction, but being a recommendation from Kevin Hearne I thought to give this a go. The story is grounded enough in real world that it is sort of an urban sci-fi (if that is a thing?).

This felt like a big book to me. Whether it was because I took some time adjusting to the genre, or because the author takes his time fleshing out his characters and the world, it may have felt like a big read but it was certainly not a tedious one.

Jason M. Hough is a genius in building his character arcs and pulling you in, you will either love or hate each of the characters, and some of them you will dislike to start and grow to love toward the end of the book.

All in all, this is a fantastic read filled with fantastical characters, from psychopaths to eccentric friends and mysterious aliens to scary zombie like creatures, this is a world I was desperate to keep reading and I can't wait to read the next chapter.

As an added bonus, these books were all released in quick succession so I am now off to buy the next one, and then probably the next.
2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 8 September 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a genuinely well written book. A great play on the space elevator and being based in Australia it captures a sense of originality. If you are a sci fi fan, you will love it.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
great i am on 2nd book of the series even better so far
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars 266 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a ride -- literally! 14 October 2013
By CyberDad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm sure it's no mistake that the book's title can refer both to a town in Australia (one of the book's locales) and the author of "The origin of the species" (evolution). The author excellently mixes in a space elevator (created by aliens as yet unseen) -- the vehicle for the story -- politics, class struggles, battles, and good and evil characters.

I normally shy away form dystopias; this one I loved. The lure of a hopeful future as well as revelations lies in the sequels. Why the plague? Why the space elevator? Will we see the aliens? Is the human race being genetically engineered? All are delicious answers awaiting readers in the next books.

The pace is pretty fast and not all mysteries are explained. The sequel will fill in more information. Sometimes a book in a series can feel "unfinished" at the end. While this is obviously part of a series (yes, I'll be buying), the ending is satisfying.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great. 21 August 2015
By Duncan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
An interesting idea (alien contact is always interesting) but the characters are pretty cliche, and the plot and storytelling are formulaic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Post-Apocolyptic Aliens Invade 13 September 2013
By Timothy Worth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very interesting book. Quick read, but worth the money to buy it.

Pros: If you are interested in mystery, Sci-Fi, or military books this is a good book for you. If you like zombies, this is a good book for you. This book is a very interesting combination of zombie apocalypse and alien invasion and the mystery about the other humans and their motives makes for a very compelling who-done-it story as well.

I enjoyed this book enough to not want to put it down and managed to finish it in a few hours (probably longer for most other readers, as I read very fast for regular readers)

Cons: It wasn't long enough! I wanted more, and now I have to wait for the sequel to come out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Mix Of Sci-fi and Adventure 26 November 2013
By Solemn Follies - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a bit of Joss Whedon's Firefly mixed with Jonathan Maberry's Joe Ledger and James S A Corey's Expanse series. It has a feeling of great wild freedom to it that works well with frequent action sequences and the political machinations of men more interested in their own gains than the good of the few remnants of mankind. I also appreciated that Hough has no problem making things really hard on his characters. There are more than a few "Oh, Sh!t" moments where I had to stop and wonder how Hough was going to get out of the crazy holes he dug for them. Really fun read and highly recommended for any fans of science fiction with lots of interesting characters, end of the world scenarios, mysterious alien technology, and explosive action and combat sequences.
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good Sci-Fi 29 October 2013
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Enjoyed the book and the premise.

As an Australian, it was nice to see a story based in Australia! Not that the city was central to the story, but, still...

Did like the build up, The author seems to be setting things up nicely for the upcoming books. The characters are quite likeable. I quite like the main bad guy too. The author gave him really good, human motivations, indeed, it could be strongly argued that he's not a particularly bad person, just making the best of a bad situation. The main hero characters are pretty good, although there were some hard to follow action sequences that are pivotal to the story. I found my self just having to go along with the flow, otherwise it would be very distracting.

Anyway, if you like end of the world sci-f, certainly worth buying.

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?