An exotic mutant wilderness, a city plagued by guerilla warfare, and an orphaned girl caught between two deadly enemies.
In a future dystopian Tasmania, the sky has broken and left behind a chaotic mess of lush mutant wilderness, conflict-riddled cityscapes, an impenetrable border wall that divides the affluent North from the contaminated South, and a deadly conflict between the two crime lords of the southern reaches.
Solari, orphaned and alone in the South, has escaped the clutches of the twisted and reckless DuPlessis, only to end up indebted to his rival crime lord, the cold and ruthless Worcsulakz. Caught in their never-ending war, she survives the chaos the only way she knows how: by scouring the Tasmanian wilderness for mutant organisms and transforming them into the highly addictive snowrock. But, when that fails to protect her, she runs – escaping the promise of more violence with a stolen van and pair of mutant wings, and finding refuge in the only place beyond the reach of both crime lords: an enclave for Tasmania’s most outcast and reviled.
There Solari will meet Alcaeus, whose voice rumbles like thunder, whose skin ripples with metal plates that grow through the skin, and whose quiet words and genuine smiles may just carry enough power to turn Solari’s heart from its ignorant prejudice and fierce independence – if she will just let them.
But, even the enclave has its secrets and terrors, and it seems the only safe place is the one beyond the border wall. As Solari and Alcaeus flee across the wasteland of a ravaged Southern Tasmania, chased by enemies and betrayals, Solari must confront the demons of her past and embrace her humanity, lest she be forever condemned to a life of loneliness and brutality.
A dark, biopunk thriller that fuses weird gothic horror with dystopian post-apocalyptic terror. A grimdark tale that, at its heart, is a complicated and transformative love story.
“wildly imaginative” Goodreads review“a grimdark, bittersweet surprise” Fan Fi Addict“a gothic dystopian masterpiece” NetGalley review