The year is 2100. The chaos of the early Internet era is long behind us.
Sergei Kraev, a brilliant yet insecure computer scientist from Moscow, is on course to achieve his dream of becoming a professor. But then, after getting mixed up with the beautiful and charismatic leader of a K-Pop cult, he makes a decision that puts the lives of billions at risk.
Weaving together compelling characters and exotic locales, this is a tale of love, ambition, and self-interest building to a shattering finish.
For fans of Neal Stephenson, Margaret Atwood, Andy Weir, and Liu Cixin.
"An absolutely riveting read—a can't-put-down look at a world very much like our own, but with all our trends fast-forwarded." —Drew Hansen, author of The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech that Inspired a Nation
"Where do we go from the global disinformation and pandemic of 2020? An evocative projection of the world we may invent to protect us—and the ways in which humans being human can game any system...fantastic." —Cindy Alvarez, author of Lean Customer Development
"Brilliantly inventive. Silberstein has imagined a future that somehow makes our present more intelligible...that reveals how technological advances threaten our humanity, and yet, at the center of the story is a deep human yearning that gives the book its thumping heart." —Sam Apple, author of Ravenous: Otto Warburg, the Nazis, and the Search for the Cancer-Diet Connection
"A doomsday story that eschews easy spectacle and empty chaos for a nuanced exploration of how hubris, missed opportunities, and misguided choices can lead to disaster...The final outcome is never in doubt...but the reader is drawn inexorably forward by the question: how could this possibly have happened?" —Paul McEuen, author of Spiral
"I've read thousands of sci-fi stories, and the thing that stands out for me here is the originality...it deserves to be read and enjoyed widely!" —Bryan Gaensler, author of Extreme Cosmos
"A work of alchemy on par with the very best of science fiction. By merging the promise of technology with the terror of immense power unwisely wielded, it transcends into a work of art that unveils deep, smoldering human truths. Silberstein's debut novel is an examination of doom and dawn, love and loss, truth and individual expression, but more than that, it is a mandate for transparency." —William R. Hincy, author of Without Expiration