Delta-V

Delta-V

When itinerant cave diver James Tighe receives an invitation to billionaire Nathan Joyce's private island, he thinks it must be a mistake. But Tighe's unique skill set makes him a prime candidate for Joyce's high-risk venture to mine a near-earth asteroid--with the goal of kick-starting an entire off-world economy. The potential rewards and personal risks are staggering, b...

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Title:Delta-V
Author:Daniel Suarez
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Delta-V Reviews

  • Eric Pavao

    A must read. Like everything Suarez has written it is hard to put down. This is his best book since Daemon. Anyone interested in commercial space, asteroid mining, or just a great sci-fi story should read it.

  • Ralph

    A new book from Daniel Suarez is always a high-octane treat. His ability to craft mesmerizing tales from his research into new and emerging tech is second to none. In Delta-v, he writes what feels like a future history of space exploration, in the vein of Arthur C. Clarke.

    Delta-v follows James “JT” Tighe and others on their way to becoming the first commercial space mining mission. Every step along the way, from training & selection, to the climactic return, will up your heart rate and have

    A new book from Daniel Suarez is always a high-octane treat. His ability to craft mesmerizing tales from his research into new and emerging tech is second to none. In Delta-v, he writes what feels like a future history of space exploration, in the vein of Arthur C. Clarke.

    Delta-v follows James “JT” Tighe and others on their way to becoming the first commercial space mining mission. Every step along the way, from training & selection, to the climactic return, will up your heart rate and have you flipping to the next page as quickly as possible. I found myself struggling to pause occasionally to appreciate the world painted before me, rather than rushing through to find out what happens next.

    The strengths of this book are typical Suarez — impeccable research and uncanny visioning, coupled to an addictive plot and rich detail.

    The weaknesses are also typical Suarez, in that the human element at times rings false. I found myself occasionally questioning whether the actions of the characters were believable, especially Nathan Joyce, who seemed cartoonish at times.

    But Daniel Suarez does not write character studies. His books will never enlighten you on the human condition, so if that’s what you’re looking for, there are plenty of other places to find it. You are never in danger of shedding a tear over a Suarez book. However, your eyes will grow wide with wonder and you may find yourself cheering with delight as the worlds he imagines are revealed. You will walk away feeling like you have just glimpsed a possible and plausible future.

    Suarez writes techno-thrill rides, and this one is very satisfying in that regard. I loved Delta-v and place it alongside Daemon, Freedom™ and Kill Decision as my favorites. And more so than any of those, I really hope to someday see this one get the big screen treatment.

  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)

    5 'Far Stars' for the Konstantin!

    I should have been sleeping when I read this book but it was so good I had to stay up until the very end. I love reading anything about space, whether it's hard science or science fiction, a fun space opera or a serious article, it doesn't matter as long as it takes me to that otherworldly place in the sky that most of us can only dream about visiting. And this book did just that. From the beginning of the crew's training, through the laughter and tears, and ever

    5 'Far Stars' for the Konstantin!

    I should have been sleeping when I read this book but it was so good I had to stay up until the very end. I love reading anything about space, whether it's hard science or science fiction, a fun space opera or a serious article, it doesn't matter as long as it takes me to that otherworldly place in the sky that most of us can only dream about visiting. And this book did just that. From the beginning of the crew's training, through the laughter and tears, and every new 'first' on their four-year journey, all the way to that final edge of your seat, re-entry, I felt like I was right there with them the entire time. I worked as a NASA contractor for quite a few years and live just a few minutes from Marshall Space Flight Center so my passion for space exploration and all things space related runs quite deep so I love when authors take the time to write about space. Books like these not only allow me to live vicariously through the characters but more importantly, they get kids as well as adults, excited and interested in space science and exploration and the endless possibilities that our future holds.

    So if you enjoy reading about space flight, space mining, astronaut training, cislunar orbit and/or deep space, give this book a try. Yes, other authors have written about space flight but each story is unique, including this one, 'especially' this one. And if you like space flight stories like I do, you can read about, as many space missions that you can get your hands on.

    Lastly, I noticed that there were several threads left open for potential follow-up later which gives me great hope that this is the beginning of a series and not a standalone novel. At least, I got a pretty clear impression that the author has further plans for his characters, now whether the publishers are on board, I'm not sure. I really hope they are though because I'm as down for a cislunar and deep space rendezvous, as much as Tighe and Chindarkar are!

    *I received this ARC from Penguin Random House' First to Reads, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  • Faith

    In 2032, various billionaires are competing with each other to monetize space exploration. One of the billionaires, Nathan Joyce, has started an asteroid mining company and wants to find a crew for the first manned expedition. A collection of 440 candidates is assembled. They have varying skills, but they are linked by their daredevil natures. Their number is to be winnowed down to 8 after rigorous training exercises and psychological evaluation. Those selected will go on a 4 year mission to min

    In 2032, various billionaires are competing with each other to monetize space exploration. One of the billionaires, Nathan Joyce, has started an asteroid mining company and wants to find a crew for the first manned expedition. A collection of 440 candidates is assembled. They have varying skills, but they are linked by their daredevil natures. Their number is to be winnowed down to 8 after rigorous training exercises and psychological evaluation. Those selected will go on a 4 year mission to mine an asteroid. Joyce shares the daredevil qualities of his candidates and, assisted by Lukas Rochat, a young lawyer specializing in space law, he bulldozes over all laws and restrictions that might slow down his project.

    This book had an interesting premise and parts of it were very exciting. I especially liked the bootcamp-like training. Once on the asteroid, there was a fair amount of technobabble that I generally ignored, but I was fascinated by the concept of using the resources of the asteroid to create not only everything needed to sustain the lives of the crew but also to create the materials needed for the mining venture itself. Most of the focus of the book was on the crew, which was a good thing, because the parts that focused on Joyce were very sketchy. It felt like parts were left out. Joyce and/or Rochat would appear sporadically, but their story line always felt like it needed further explanation. There was also a chapter involving some of Joyce’s creditors. Their motives and actions made no sense and they were like cartoon characters. However, the crew was likable, the science was intriguing and the book was entertaining. There is room at the end for a sequel and I would read it.

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

  • Peter Tillman

    Suarez has done his homework for this near-future asteroid-mining SF thriller. The book is set in the early 2030s, which seems very soon for some of the technology it extrapolates. It gets melodramatic at times, and the characterizations can be perfunctory. But it’s a good tale well-told, with some nice twists, and boy, do those pages turn. Strong 4 stars. Recommended, especially for hard-SF fans.

  • Manuel Antão

    If you're into stuff like this,

    Ryugu: "Delta-V" by Daniel Suarez

    “We will only be able to make deep space viable for humanity when the math makes sense, and at the moment, we’re still working that problem.”

    In “Delta-V” by Daniel Suarez

    I'm not sure I completely understood the economic argument for mining asteroids but the way I understand it, it goes something like this...

    Take platinum as an example - currently very rare on Earth. If you can bring back platinum from s

    If you're into stuff like this,

    Ryugu: "Delta-V" by Daniel Suarez

    “We will only be able to make deep space viable for humanity when the math makes sense, and at the moment, we’re still working that problem.”

    In “Delta-V” by Daniel Suarez

    I'm not sure I completely understood the economic argument for mining asteroids but the way I understand it, it goes something like this...

    Take platinum as an example - currently very rare on Earth. If you can bring back platinum from space and sell it on Earth at a competitive price then it could be lucrative. However the price for this sort of resource varies a lot in response to supply and demand. The act of bringing back just a little bit more platinum has the effect of drastically lowering the price until it is no longer economically feasible to do so. Except, once established, this industry should be self-sustaining. The infrastructure, raw materials and energy needed is all made "up there". A bit like the internet in one respect, the cost of physically hosting (just the web hosting part) a company like Amazon on the web is negligible. That's (one of the reasons) they are able to be so profitable. For an interstellar mining company like Catalyst, even if they are only making a tiny profit on everything they bring back, their overheads should be so small as to be effectively nil. The startup cost for them though would be (ahem) astronomical. This can be recouped though by selling rare resources at a high price at the beginning while they are still "rare".

  • Yzabel Ginsberg

    Quite an interesting novel, with parts that definitely made me want to keep reading in spite of my better judgment (read: “maybe it’s time to sleep it’s past midnight and I’m supposed to get up at 5:30 to go to work oh my”). Considering the stakes and the setting, obviously things couldn’t go perfectly, and the characters were bound to run into all sorts of trouble. Although there could h

    Quite an interesting novel, with parts that definitely made me want to keep reading in spite of my better judgment (read: “maybe it’s time to sleep it’s past midnight and I’m supposed to get up at 5:30 to go to work oh my”). Considering the stakes and the setting, obviously things couldn’t go perfectly, and the characters were bound to run into all sorts of trouble. Although there could have been more trouble than there was, but then, they’d have ended up all dead, because you can’t very well weather ten asteroid showers and the likes without any damage (not a spoiler, I’m just using some generic example here). So all in all, the ratio of suspense vs. things that work vs. things that turn to crap more quickly than you can blink was fairly good.

    I also really enjoyed the science and the research behind the space technology presented throughout the novel. I wasn’t always on board (see what I did there) with absolutely everything in terms of medical impact on the astronauts’ bodies—but then, considering what our current astronauts already have to go through just after 6 months on the ISS, going for 100% accuracy may just have led, here too, to a bunch of very dead characters, very quickly. I guess we can use some suspension of disbelief on the grounds of “it’s 2030-ish and the consequences are better known, so they’re better prepared, too”. So, in general, I pretty much liked reading the explanations, how the ship was meant to function.

    The geopolitical side was interesting, too. It is clearly grounded in our present, where corporations invest in space travel and research, and some of the investors/CEOs we meet in the story are definitely parallel descendants of people like Musk and Bezos—although in that regard, Nathan Joyce is probably closer to those, in terms of investing and betting everything on a very daring scheme.

    The reason I’m not rating “Delta-v” higher is because, like other books of the same type, I found it too ambitious for just one volume. There are two very distinct parts in it: the training and the actual mission, and I kept feeling that each would have warranted a novel of its own. Because of length constraints (I suppose), the author had to go with storytelling shortcuts, which made for a choppy rhythm all along. For instance, one chapter shows what’s happening on the first day of training, and then two chapters later we’re at “a few weeks later”, and so on.

    My other problem likely resulted from this “shortening an ambitious story into one book”: I found the characters too one-dimensional, and at the end, I didn’t get to know them well enough to really, fully care about them. Tighe is probably the one we know most about, but not so much the others (we get glimpses about Dave, Isabel and Han, but Nicole, Amy and Adisa remained rather a trio of unknowns, apart from a couple of defining feature such as “he’s a genius with computers and hacking” and “she needs to escape Earth because she can hear the movement of tectonics and it drives her bonkers”). And let’s be honest, in a story like this one, we need to care about the characters; we need to be much more invested about them.

    Conclusion: 2.5 to 3 stars. Enjoyable and exciting technology, but too ambitious for just one book.

  • Kemper

    There’s gold in them thar asteroids!

    In the near future commercial space exploration is growing, but not fast enough to suit billionaire Nathan Joyce who believes that humanity’s only chance of long-term survival is to immediately start mining asteroids. This will not only provide critical resources and advance the technologies to let people start living in space, but it also could create an entirely new and sustainable economy. Joyce is recruiting an multinational group of risk-takers like cave

    There’s gold in them thar asteroids!

    In the near future commercial space exploration is growing, but not fast enough to suit billionaire Nathan Joyce who believes that humanity’s only chance of long-term survival is to immediately start mining asteroids. This will not only provide critical resources and advance the technologies to let people start living in space, but it also could create an entirely new and sustainable economy. Joyce is recruiting an multinational group of risk-takers like cave diver James Tighe who have the skills necessary to be the first asteroid miners. The mission will be unprecedented and dangerous, but not all the threats come from being in space.

    I love Daniel Suarez’s books because he’s great at looking at where we’re at both technologically and as a society and then coming up with very plausible stories about what comes next. Here, he’s selling the idea that humanity’s future hinges not on colonizing the moon or Mars, but instead on coming up with ways of living in space using the resources we could get from the hunks of rock floating around out there. He’s very persuasive on this point, and his conclusions make a lot of sense. (I kept finding myself thinking that this could be the prequel to

    series which finds humanity spread out through the solar system.)

    It helps that this isn’t a tale filled with wide-eyed optimism, and there’s a lot of cynical pragmatism in how the plot unfolds. Suarez creates a world in which it’s greed as much as anything that would make this happen, and that getting this going would take the resources of the mega-rich. That certainly fits the direction we seem to be heading with guys like Elon Musk and Richard Branson putting big money into space. But when you get people driven by profit margins and massive egos involved you can’t really trust them to do the right thing for the greater good or even their own employees either. Throw in a bunch of murky laws related to this and competing national interests, and it’s probably inevitable that mining asteroids will be just as cutthroat and messy as business on Earth.

    If you’re into space stuff, especially near future hard sci-fi, then there’s a lot to like here. Suarez is better at coming up with cool ideas and tech then he is writing about people, but he does an adequate job of creating a cast of characters and putting them in interesting and sometimes hazardous situations. While a lot is wrapped up here the book also ends on what seems to be a pure sequel set-up so I don’t think we got the whole story, but I’ll be happy to check out the next one, too. 3.5 stars.

  • Sara

    It felt very tired and the plot overdone. Characters were also very predictable and two dimensional.

  • Mandie

    Boring. The plot is tired and the characters aren't great. I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't.

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