Providence

Providence

A dazzling, inventive, and thought-provoking new novel from the ingenious author of Jennifer Government and Lexicon.

Gilly, Talia, Anders, and Jackson are astronauts captaining a new and supposedly indestructible ship in humanity's war against an alien race. Confined to the ship for years, each of them holding their own secrets, they are about to learn there are threats beyond the reach of human ingenuity--and that the true nature of reality might be the universe's greatest mystery.

In this near future, our world is at war with another, and humanity is haunted by its one catastrophic loss--a nightmarish engagement that left a handful of survivors drifting home through space, wracked with PTSD. Public support for the war plummeted, and the military-industrial complex set its sights on a new goal: zero-casualty warfare, made possible by gleaming new ships called Providences, powered by AI.

But when the latest-launched Providence suffers a surprising attack and contact with home is severed, Gilly, Talia, Anders, and Jackson must confront the truth of the war they're fighting, the ship that brought them there, and the cosmos beyond.

Title:Providence
ISBN:9780593085172
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    Providence Reviews

  • Kevin Kelsey

    Max Barry is back, and oh, I have missed his writing so much. I was enthralled to finally be reading his followup to Lexicon, and Providence turned out fresh and exciting and completely unexpected in ...

  • Bradley

    I've never read Max Barry before, but after reading Providence, I have become an absolute fan that will be hunting high and low for the rest of his works.The book is just that good. Fantastic characte...

  • David Putnam

    Wow! What a great read. First, I have to preface this review: I’m not by any means an expert in the SciFi genre. I read across all genre’s but mostly dwell in thrillers and mysteries (for obvious ...

  • Toni

    Providence explores the themes of contact with hostile alien species, (mis)communication, compatibility, complimentarity of our relationships, social media, propaganda and our growing reliance on AI ...

  • Dave

    When we finally meet alien intelligence, will it be a bunch of Romulans, Klingons, and others who vaguely have human shape but distorted features or will they be so unrecognizable that communication d...

  • Hollis

    This might be a case of "this reader is too dumb for this book" because I have no idea what I just read. This is a story almost completely set in space, featuring four humans who are responsible for a...

  • Faith

    The author seemed to want to write a book about manufactured heroes or maybe about the dangers of artificial intelligence. These aren’t bad ideas for a science fiction book, but they were not handle...

  • Bandit

    A while back I randomly thought about Max Barry, checked out his website and was delighted to learn that he had a new book due out in 2020. I was even more delighted to find this book months in advanc...

  • The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by AB EndacottHaving just read a couple of decidedly underwhelming sci-fi books, I was excited to come to Providence. I was reasonably certain that Barr...

  • Andris

    Not much happening in this book and also there is not much to think about after finishing it. Utterly forgettable. After excellent Lexicon this one is kinda letdown....