Praise for Providence
[A] terrific sci-fi thriller
PROVIDENCE is an absolute treat. Pulls the trick of being both irrepressibly old-school sci-fi and creepily relevant to the data-driven future
An astonishing novel! PROVIDENCE is Philip K. Dick and William Gibson fueled by pure adrenaline (with a bit of Spielberg and Ridley Scott thrown in). The brilliant, unstoppable imagination of Max Barry glows on every page of this action-filled, yet emotionally resonant, tale. It will keep you riveted from first page till last. I read in one sitting and I guarantee you'll do the same
Action-packed and unsettling, PROVIDENCE is a sleekly-written parable about the absurdity of war--and the deeply human urge to destroy everything we don't understand, whether it comes from a distant planet or right here on Earth
I could not put PROVIDENCE down until I'd finished it in one thrilling sitting. This is science fiction at its best-a ship so believably alive and characters so determined, flawed, and compelling that you'll forget you're not also part of the crew
PROVIDENCE'S greatest strength - apart from being terrifically entertaining - is its characters. (...) It's Barry's empathy for his characters, his willingness to dig deep into their foibles, that distinguishes PROVIDENCE from most of the golden-age science fiction that inspired it.
Providence is a light-hearted thriller with a superbly dark, existential sting in its tail.
A quirky, character-driven commentary on the mechanisation of conflict and the sheer perversity of human nature.
Compelling and innovative... Barry takes a story that has been done countless times before and makes it seem original.
The meat of this is in its human interactions.
Max Barry's excellent novel Providence
Providence is an extremely smart take on an entirely different genre ... page-turning anticipation which pays off beautifully in the final third
Providence is such a blast you almost overlook how clever it is. Like Starship Troopers and 2001: A Sapce Odyssey, it's about the limit of human intelligence, the nature of humanity and the price we're prepared to pay for the survival of the species
Providence is a meditation ... on the difference between programmed intelligence and the human version. Barry tells a fun and funny story that finds the perfect moments to break your heart in the best ways
Like Starship Troopers with added brain, this is such a blast you can overlook just how clever and thought-provoking it is