Written by:
Peter Watts
Narrated by:
Adam J. Rough

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2014
12 hours 38 minutes
It's the eve of the twenty-second century: a world where the dearly departed send postcards back from Heaven and evangelicals make scientific breakthroughs by speaking in tongues; where genetically engineered vampires solve problems intractable to baseline humans. And it's all under surveillance by an alien presence. Daniel Bruks is a field biologist in a world where biology has turned computational. He's turned his back on humanity, but awakens one night to find himself at the center of a storm that will turn all of history inside-out. He's trapped on a ship bound for the center of the solar system. A vampire and its entourage of zombie bodyguards lurk in the shadows behind. And dead ahead, a handful of rapture-stricken monks takes them all to a meeting with something they will only call The Angels of the Asteroids.
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Jamie S.

"Echopraxia" is a difficult book to finish. Set in a future similar to our world today but made so much different by a few changes that have occurred in the interim, a reader is often left wondering as to the significance or even the meaning of surface plot elements. Explanations do come but are generally incomplete, leaving the reader to wonder about many things. Even so, there is a deeply significant message to the story, as well as one sudden, dramatic plot moment that stands out to me as exceptional even long after I had finished the story. There are questions here about faith, science, and the very idea of settled knowledge when all testing is necessarily incomplete in a universe vast beyond comprehension. I did not like "Echopraxia" as much as I liked Vandermeer's "Annihilation" trilogy, but it carries some of the same weight and profound insight, and I do recommend this book.

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