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A Library Journal Audio Spotlight Pick for Facing the Future
In post-NK3 Los Angeles, a sixty-foot-tall fence surrounds the hills where the rich used to live, but the mansions have been taken over by those with the only power that matters: the power of memory. Life for the community inside the Fence, ruled over by the new aristocracy, the Verified, is a perpetual party. Outside the Fence, in downtown Los Angeles, the Verified use an invented mythology to control the mindless and nameless Drifters, Shamblers, and Bottle Bangers who serve the gift economy until no longer needed.
The ruler, Chief, takes his guidance from gigantic effigies of a man and a woman in the heart of the Fence. They warn him of trouble to come, but who is the person to watch? Is it the elusive Eckmann, holed up with the last functioning plane at LAX; Shannon Squier, the chisel-wielding pop superstar from the pre-NK3 world, pulled from the shambling masses; a treacherous member of Chief’s inner circle; or Hopper, the uncommon Drifter compelled by an inner voice to search for a wife whose name and face he doesn’t know? Each threatens to upset the delicate power balance in this fragile world.
In deliciously dark prose, Tolkin winds a noose-like plot around this melee of despots, prophets, and rebels as they struggle for command and survival in a town that still manages to exert a magnetic force, even as a ruined husk.
“Readers looking for something reminiscent of World War Z and Cory Doctorow’s work should give this one a try.”
“An inspired speculative satire, wickedly stimulating but soulful, too. It got to me, this novel. I just can’t shake it.”
Walter Kirn, author of Up in The Air
“Brave, brilliant, and barely speculative.”
Chris Kraus, author of Summer of Hate
“Michael Tolkin’s map of Los Angeles gains more and more detail with each novel, because there is no more modern, chaotic, and beautiful place in which to lose yourself and your history to winds, fires, and opulent decay.”
Jon Robin Baitz, the writer of Other Desert Cities