A??A stand-alone heavy hitter thatA??s more in line with recent deviants like Chuck WendigA??s upcoming Wanderers (2019) and Daniel H. WilsonA??s The Clockwork Dynasty (2017). Tonally, this lush novel is closer to Scott LynchA??s pirate fantasy The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006), but technologically it resembles the near-future dystopias of Cory Doctorow or China MiA©ville [A?¦] Wildly ambitious and inventive fantasy from an author whoA??s punching above his weight in terms of worldbuildingA??and winning.A?
-- Kirkus (starred review)
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 HarrisonA??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 warA??s horrifying despair. But this newfound hedonismA??drugs and sex and endless partiesA??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 canA??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 cityA??s streets and its secrets intimately. His life seems set. He has a beautiful girlfriend, drugs, a chance at a promotionA??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 LargoA??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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