Book Trial: Departure

Posted September 30, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Book Trial: DepartureDeparture by A. G. Riddle
Published by HarperCollins on October 20th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Thrillers
Pages: 336
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
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The world’s past and future rests in the hands of five unwitting strangers in this definitive edition of A. G. Riddle's time-traveling, mind-bending speculative thriller.
En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind.
Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they’ve crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?
Five passengers seem to hold clues about what’s really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Schröder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw, the son of a billionaire philanthropist.
As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they’re letting on—answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving their own lives. As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past—to save our world . . . or end it.
A wildly inventive and propulsive adventure full of hairpin twists, Departure is a thrilling tale that weaves together power, ambition, fate, memory, and love, from a bold and visionary talent.  

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

My Impressions:

OMG! A G Riddle has done it again. He’s an amazing newer writer and since I’ve taken a chance to read this books, I’ve not regretted it. I read the The Origin Mystery [The Atlantis Gene being Book 1, his debut] and loved it. And this one I loved as well. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book. I even pre-ordered it so that I could read it as it came out. But I had this long list of books to read that author’s sent me, and then I’ve been falling asleep after reading only a few pages of any book. But I finally feel like myself again.

Let’s take a crack at it.


The story doesn’t take long to get into the action. There’s never a dull moment and right from the start you know that something is going on with our main characters, Harper and Nick. I love that this is a science fiction first, with lots of action and mysteries and that the undertone of romance doesn’t take away from the story. Almost everything in this story has more to it than meets the eye.


What I’ve come to like about Riddle’s books, so far, is that there is always a strong male and female protagonist. I think it’s a smart move on his part, making the story appealing to both male and female readers. Nick is a strong leader, and while Harper is rather indecisive, she brings balance to Nick’s rather emotional decision making. She is more cautionary and less trusting than Nick is.


Riddle manages to be descriptive without boring you to death with details. The story was fast paced and I found it hard to put down. That’s most definitely the reason why I finished this book in 2 days. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that.

What’s more awesome is that all four of his novels have been are being planned to hit the screens.

About the Author:

A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting internet companies before retiring to pursue his true passion: writing fiction.

His debut novel, The Atlantis Gene, is the first book in a trilogy (The Origin Mystery) that has sold a million copies in the US, is being translated into 18 languages, and is in development at CBS Films to be a major motion picture.

His recently released fourth novel, Departure, follows the survivors of a flight that takes off in 2014 and crash-lands in a changed world. The hardcover will be published by HarperCollins in the fall of 2015, and 20th Century Fox is developing the novel for a feature film. [source: Author Site]

The Verdict:

5 Stars
Rating Report
Overall: 5

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