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In Ascension


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An astonishing novel about a young microbiologist

investigating an unfathomable deep vent in the ocean floor, leading her on a

journey that will encompass the full trajectory of the cosmos and the passage

of a single human life

Leigh grew up in Rotterdam, drawn to the waterfront as an

escape from her unhappy home life and volatile father. Enchanted by the

undersea world of her childhood, she excels in marine biology, travelling the

globe to study ancient organisms. When a trench is discovered in the Atlantic

ocean, Leigh joins the exploration team, hoping to find evidence of the earth's

first life forms – what she instead finds calls into question everything we

know about our own beginnings.

Her discovery leads Leigh to the Mojave desert and an ambitious new space

agency. Drawn deeper into the agency's work, she learns that the Atlantic

trench is only one of several related phenomena from across the world, each

piece linking up to suggest a pattern beyond human understanding. Leigh knows

that to continue working with the agency will mean leaving behind her declining

mother and her younger sister, and faces an impossible choice: to remain with

her family, or to embark on a journey across the breadth of the cosmos.

Exploring the natural world with the wonder and reverence we usually reserve

for the stars, In Ascension is a compassionate, deeply inquisitive

epic that reaches outward to confront the greatest questions of existence,

looks inward to illuminate the smallest details of the human heart, and shows

how – no matter how far away we might be and how much we have lost hope – we

will always attempt to return to the people and places we call home.

Author:  MacInnes, Martin