On Sale: June 11, 2019
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Dystopian | Fantasy
From the bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series, a
lush, dark, stand-alone fantasy built off the insurgent
tradition of China Mieville and M. John Harrisonâ€”a
subversive tale that immerses us in a world where the
extremes of bleakness and beauty exist together in dangerous
harmony in a city on the edge of civility and chaos.
The Great War is over. The city of Lower Proszawa celebrates
the peace with a decadence and carefree spirit as intense as
the warâ€™s horrifying despair. But this newfound
hedonismâ€”drugs and sex and endless partiesâ€”distracts from
strange realities of everyday life: Intelligent automata
taking jobs. Genetically engineered creatures that serve as
pets and beasts of war. A theater where gruesome murders
happen twice a day. And a new plague that even the ceaseless
euphoria canâ€™t mask.
Unlike others who live strictly for fun, Largo is an addict
with ambitions. A bike messenger who grew up in the slums,
he knows the cityâ€™s streets and its secrets intimately. His
life seems set. He has a beautiful girlfriend, drugs, a
chance at a promotionâ€”and maybe, an opportunity for complete
transformation: a contact among the elite who will set him
on the course to lift himself up out of the streets.
But dreams can be a dangerous thing in a city whose mood is
turning dark and inward. Others have a vision of life very
different from Largoâ€™s, and they will use any methods to
secure control. And in behind it all, beyond the frivolity
and chaos, the threat of new war always looms.
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