The Luminous Dead: A Novel by Caitlin StarlingThe Luminous Dead: A Novel by Caitlin Starling

The Luminous Dead: A Novel

byCaitlin Starling

Paperback | April 2, 2019

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"This claustrophobic, horror-leaning tour de force is highly recommended for fans of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation and Andy Weir’s The Martian." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)


A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation, in which a caver on a foreign planet finds herself on a terrifying psychological and emotional journey for survival.

When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane.

Instead, she got Em.

Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . .

As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies—missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations—drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out alive—she must confront the ghosts in her own head.

But how come she can’t shake the feeling she’s being followed?

Title:The Luminous Dead: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:April 2, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062846906

ISBN - 13:9780062846907


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the ride ! Unbiasedly, I came across this book ona google search. I am very glad I did ! This book was refreshing, and kept me with it. It was a rollarcoaster ride, which has been missing in so many novels now. To each their own , but for a scifi-horror mix , it was very enjoyable for me
Date published: 2019-08-25

Editorial Reviews

“I’m still in disbelief that this book is a debut novel.”