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Publisher Description

In this "magical, terrifying, and whimsical debut" (Publishers Weekly starred review), a biological disaster reverberates in Ohio Amish country long after the near-extinction of humankind. A young woman must try to save what remains of the human race. A "mesmerizing end-of-the-world adventure" (Kirkus Reviews) that is "nothing short of a storytelling masterwork." (BlueInk Review in Booklist)

Root is…different. Though raised in a fearful society that reveres conformity, she's irreverent, outspoken, and deeply curious. Her congenital blindness sets her even further apart.

Centuries after the Reckoning, a biotech disaster, savage chimeras still threaten human survival. When Root hears a voice that no one else can hear, she flees into the wilderness. Outcast and hunted, she must confront a dire threat to her people--and unravel the mystery of who she really is.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
June 14
Humble Quill
Draft2Digital, LLC

Customer Reviews

Masanobu Cortéz ,

The Nothing Within

This is a fantastic, excellently written story. I'm putting along side my Ursula Leguin, Octavia Butler, Cormac McCarthy, McCammon, and even near my Gene Wolfes. It is awesome. Wonderful world building- a strange world, both human and homelike, and then strange and menacing.
I loved how the arc of the story travelled forward from the past to illuminate the present in gradual, tantalizing steps until the strange reality the characters lived in grew more solid and understandable.
It was, is, entirely plausible that a culture like the Amish, or the Mennonites, or some comparable culture would survive a civilizational collapse. I loved the juxtaposition of such an essentially gentle culture with the harsh exigencies of collapse.
Root! What can I say? I loved her narrative voice, her strength, her entire journey and evolution.
So, awesome story!