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Emma Watson, a brilliant research physician, ahs been training for the mission of a lifetime: to study living beings in space. Jack McCallum, Emma's estranged husband, has shard her dream of space travel, but a medical condition has grounded and embittered him. He must watch from the sidelines as his wife prepares for her first mission.
Once aboard the space station, however, things start to go terribly wrong. A culture of single-celled organisms called Archaeons, gathered from the deep sea, is to be monitored in the microgravity of space. But the true and lethal nature of this experiment has not been revealed to NASA. In space, the cells rapidly multiply and soon begin to infect the crew – with agonising and deadly results.
As Jack and the ground crew at NASA work against the clock to launch a rescue, Emma struggles to contain the lethal microbe. But with the contagion now threatening Earth's population, there are those who would leave the astronauts stranded in orbit, quarantined aboard the station – where they are dying one by one…--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and applies her expert knowledge of emergency procedures and autopsies to her novels. She studied anthropology at Stanford University, where she catalogued human remains that were hundreds of years old. She continues to travel the world, pursuing her interests in ancient cultures and mysterious natural phenomenon. She lives with her husband in Maine.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- Print length : 402 pages
- Publisher : HarperCollins (19 July 2011)
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B005DXPEV4
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To quickly summarise it, some bizarre virus is killing off the crew of the international space station. Where did it come from?? How are they going to stop it? Doctor on board Emma must try to keep everyone alive whilst her husband back on earth goes on a mission to discover the origins of the pathogen.
Great read! Extremely suspenseful and exciting! Loved the whole thing! Yes, it was pretty corny… But it was supposed to be! I thought it was fantastic!
The characters were great! Soon to be ex husband and wife Emma and Jack are a great team.
The audio version was fantastic. The narrator was wonderfully talented and probably the best narrator of any audio book I have listened to so far. Even his portrayal of the female characters was fantastic and he really captured the emotion of all the characters.
There was quite a bit of blood and gore in this book and I really enjoyed it! Because most of the gory scenes happen in space it added an extra grossness… Floating blood etc. Thought it was really well done.
Some of the medical scenes were totally over the top, but Dr Gerritsen obviously knows her stuff as everything was quite accurate. I guess that is what makes her one of the top medical thriller authors.
Would I recommend it?
Yes it was great fun! Really enjoyed it. Any thriller and fan of a little space blood and guts will love Gravity! I’ve already started putting her other books on my TBR list!
It is a techno-thriller with medical and science fiction implications that undoubtedly associates the work of Gerritsen to that of Crichton. The topic is super interesting, or at least it is for me. The story set in the era of the Space Shuttle narrates of a medical emergency on board the International Space Station (ISS) which has very dramatic and at times even horror implications. The pace is tight, the characters are very well defined and you find yourself living their drama, especially Emma Watson and her almost ex-husband Jack McCallum, both astronauts and doctors. The concern and anxiety to see what will happen next forces you to keep reading. If I'd had the time, I would probably read it in just one session. This is definitely a sign that I found myself in front of a great novel.
The technical part is flawless. This book, although fiction, allows you to get to know the procedures of NASA at the time. There's even a useful glossary at the end of it. All this makes "Gravity" in some respects an educational text that I will no doubt keep aside for future reference.
To great characters and excellent technical part, it adds a perfectly built storyline, with the right timing and the correct scene combination. Paradoxically, this is precisely a flaw of the book. I was at 17% of reading, and I knew exactly how it would end, I had also made a rough idea, later confirmed, about the mechanisms by which the story would come to its resolution. Despite this, I really enjoyed reading, proof that you can satisfy and entertain even the most sly reader with such standard a novel.
In short, you can almost neglect this flaw of too much perfection.
The story takes place in a very cinematic way, and certainly this is not a defect. It is so, however, the fact that in some occasions the author, for reasons unknown to me, has decided to include scenes from an omniscient point of view to show events that no character was able to see. The same facts are then discovered by the characters, but in this way the reader has been deprived of the pleasure to get astonished and scared with them. Why has she wanted to deny this pleasure to us? By completely eliminating those scenes, the book would have been even nicer.
But the reason why I was torn on whether to give it 5 stars is another: the ending. Not so much because of its obviousness, but for the way in which it has been shown. Considering it was entirely predictable, it would be very important to devote special care to the ending emphasizing the emotional part rather than the facts, which, I repeat, were obvious from the beginning. But the author has not done so. The resolutive scene is not narrated from the point of view of one of the two protagonists, but at a distance through mission control, depriving us of the pleasure of seeing their reaction, in particular that of Watson, to the incredible situation in which they find themselves. This is really a shame and I admit I have felt disappointed. I think this is really a missed opportunity. It is as if Gerritsen in the rush to complete the story has forgotten about the characters or, worse, has not known how to manage them at that moment. In a nutshell, I had the impression that with this novel she has made her quite accurate homework, but without putting her heart in it.
What a pity.
Anyway I highly recommend this novel to lovers of astronautics, but I would advise against it for real astronauts, especially when it comes to impressionable people. It could be the cause to more than a few restless sleep for those who are really up there in the ISS.
I beg you, dear astronauts, if you come across some blue-green substance of unknown nature, do not play with it: incinerate it now!
Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
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Gravity moves between the Space Station and Earth. While Emma Watson has more than enough on her plate to deal with in space, her soon to be ex-husband Jack McCullum, a failed astronaut, is about to have his relationship to NASA as space surgeon renewed. Emma is going to need all the help she can get.
Meanwhile, on the Space Station, the organism is loose. At first, the little green globules floating in the Station's atmosphere seem innocuous; nothing more serious than escaped drips of juice or shed drops of blood. But then the eyes begin to redden, the sickness comes, the headaches and the fever. The big threat to the crew doesn't come from the living sufferers, though, it comes from the dead.
Gravity is an addictive novel. It has all the ingredients for a page turning horror thriller in space - claustrophobia, a diminishing number of victims, suspicion, intriguing science and, this above all else, gore by the bucketload. Tess Gerritsen knows her stuff. The medical details are thorough (as to be expected from Gerritsen's background) but this is backed up by the meticulous research into late 20th-century space exploration. The text is littered with acronyms and technical speak - fortunately, there's a glossary at the end - and this adds to the reader's sense of immersion (not to mention claustrophobic panic).
While I was fascinated by Gravity, I was tempted to put it to one side half way through. It is exceedingly gory and bloodily revolting. There are only so many exploding brains I can cope with. But the second half upped the pace, turning Gravity from a succession of unpleasant deaths into a tale of survival. We become caught up in Jack's determined efforts to get Emma home and from that moment on Gravity becomes a page turner of the highest order.
In some ways its a departure from her other books as its main setting is at the International Space Station. She has very obviously done masses of research which makes the detail incredibly rich and absorbing. But of course at the heart of all her books is tension and the race against the enemy, which in this case is a mutated "life force" that is killing the inhabitants of the ISS one by one in an agonising manner, and when dead it just gets more gruesome! I also enjoyed the tension of the desicious made on earth. Do they bring the inhabitants back to earth where their life could possibly be saved but could risk infecting and killing millions? Or do they leave them to certain death on the space station? An amazing gripping book, I would say one of her best.