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In this Hugo nominated science fiction thriller by Mur Lafferty, a crew of clones awakens aboard a space ship to find they're being hunted-and any one of them could be the killer.
Maria Arena awakens in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. She has no memory of how she died. This is new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.

Maria's vat is one of seven, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it can awaken. And Maria isn't the only one to die recently. . .
Unlock the bold new science fiction thriller that Corey Doctorow calls Mur's "breakout book".
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Mur Lafferty. (2017). Six Wakes. Orbit.

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Maria Arena awakens in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. She has no memory of how she died. This is new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.

Maria's vat is one of seven, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it can awaken. And Maria isn't the only one to die recently. . .
Unlock the bold new science fiction thriller that Corey Doctorow calls Mur's "breakout book".
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Maria Arena awakens in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. She has no memory of how she died. This is new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.

Maria's vat is one of seven, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it can awaken. And Maria isn't the only one to die recently. . .
Unlock the bold new science fiction thriller that Corey Doctorow calls Mur's "breakout book".
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      • source: James Patrick Kelly, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards on Six Wakes
      • content: This is one of the cleverest and most exciting murder mysteries I have ever read. The confined space of the colony ship Dormire is filled with feisty and memorably strange characters who bounce off one another in ways that vary from the comic to the horrific. You like ideas in your science fiction? Lafferty does for clones what Asimov did for robots. Six Wakes will keep you turning pages right up to its startling climax. Mur Lafferty scores in this, her best book!
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      • source: New York Times bestselling author Chuck Wendig on Six Wakes
      • content: Mysterious and tense . . . . I wish I wrote this book.
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      • source: NPR on Six Wakes
      • content: A taut, nerve-tingling, interstellar murder mystery with a deeply human heart.
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      • source: Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Six Wakes
      • content: Lafferty delivers a tense nail-biter of a story fueled by memorable characters and thoughtful worldbuilding. This space-based locked-room murder mystery explores complex technological and moral issues in a way that's certain to earn it a spot on award ballots.
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      • source: RT Books Reviews on Six Wakes
      • content: Polished writing and a cast of characters who are emotionally on edge make this space adventure a compelling murder-mystery that takes its time revealing the details necessary for readers to rule out possible culprits. The suspense is kept at the forefront of this clever, politically charged tale.
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      • source: Library Journal (starred review) on Six Wakes
      • content: Lafferty delivers the ultimate locked-room mystery combined with top-notch sf worldbuilding. The puzzle of who is responsible for the devastation on the ship keeps the pages turning.
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      • source: BoingBoing on Six Wakes
      • content: This is a great book with so much going for it: clever structure, wonderful characters, and a fiendishly clever puzzle that you'll roll over in your mind for months after you close the covers.
      • premium: True
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        Starred review from November 28, 2016
        Lafferty (The Shambling Guide to New York City) takes readers aboard an ill-fated colony ship crewed by criminals in this taut science fiction thriller. Ecological collapse and social and political upheaval have convinced humans to colonize another world: the Earth-like planet Artemis, orbiting Tau Ceti. The ship Dormire carries 2,000 cryo-sleeping colonists and a crew of six clones with criminal pasts who are hoping to build new lives with clean slates. But nearly 25 years into the mission, the crew awaken in the middle of a bloody crime scene. One of them—maybe more than one—is a murderer, the ship is off course, the ship’s AI is offline, all records have been deleted, and there’s no way to communicate with Earth. As suspicions and hostilities rise, it’s not certain who, or what, will survive. Interleaving urgent scenes with telling flashbacks, Lafferty delivers a tense nail-biter of a story fueled by memorable characters and thoughtful worldbuilding. This space-based locked-room murder mystery explores complex technological and moral issues in a way that’s certain to earn it a spot on award ballots.

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        November 15, 2016
        The fantasist author of the hilarious The Shambling Guide to New York City (2013) ventures into science-fiction horror.The immediate setup will be familiar to mystery fans: five dead bodies, variously stabbed, poisoned, or hanged, and no survivors. Whodunit? We're in the 25th century, however, on a sub-light speed starship whose controlling artificial intelligence, IAN, is offline. The six--gofer Maria Arena, Capt. Katrina de la Cruz, navigator/pilot Akihiro Sato, security chief Wolfgang, engineer Paul Seurat, and Dr. Joanna Glass--wake in new, cloned bodies, covered in slime, surrounded by vats, tubes, gore, and the horror of their own slaughtered corpses, with no idea of what's been happening since the voyage began. They do recall earlier lifetimes, but evidently they were all criminals, so nobody can afford to reveal anything or trust anybody else. And with both the clone-growth and memory-backup processes sabotaged, the bodies they now occupy are their last. Maybe this is all just too devious for its own good. In any event, the narrative never quite lives up to that remarkable opening. Momentum dissipates amid frequent pauses to belabor the cloning process and laws relating to clone succession, not to mention a succession of scientific howlers (for instance, the ship depends for power on a solar sail--but there's no "solar" in interstellar space). Still, as the characters delve separately and together into their previous lives in search of an explanation for their predicament, the tension rises, personalities are revealed, and common factors emerge--some of them, we learn, are retired, recovering, or repurposed homicidal maniacs. You have to wonder why, given Lafferty's manifest talent for humor, she didn't simply play it for laughs. Still, readers easily captivated and not overly concerned with structural dependability will find much to entertain them.

        COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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      • source: Library Journal
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        Starred review from December 1, 2016

        Waking up on a spaceship in gravity failure surrounded by dead bodies, the six crew members climb out of their cloning chambers, baffled by what might have caused the carnage. While they can see that their former bodies were attacked, none of them have any memories of the events. In fact, they have no recollection of the past 20-odd years they have apparently been aboard the Dormire. In all their other lives, the clones were brought back to life using stored mind maps that allowed them to keep a continuity with their earlier selves. But now the six survivors must figure out who killed their previous bodies and why. VERDICT Lafferty (Bookburners) delivers the ultimate locked-room mystery combined with top-notch sf worldbuilding. The puzzle of who is responsible for the devastation on the ship keeps the pages turning.--MM

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
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        December 15, 2016
        Imagine a world in which dying is inconsequential because people can easily transfer their mindmaps to clones and essentially live forever. Even in such a world, it is shocking for the entire crew of a spacecraft to wake up in newly cloned bodies and discover their previous incarnations had all been murdered. Maria Arena and five other crew members on the Dormire mission to colonize a distant planet wake up in the middle of a gruesome murder scene with no memory of what happened. Not only do they have to solve the mystery of who murdered them; they must also work together to keep their malfunctioning ship on trackno easy task when you don't know whom you can trust. Six Wakes is a perfect blend of science fiction and mystery, complete with Clue-like red herrings and thought-provoking philosophizing about the slippery slope of cloning technology. Lafferty (the Shambling Guide series) jumps back and forth in time, developing each character and building a world in which human cloning is completely believable. Highly recommended for Firefly fans and fans of a good mystery.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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      • value: Hugo Award Nominee
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