by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 08 Aug 2022
Sometimes you have to become the thing you hate to find the one you love.
Solari wasn’t alive when the ozone layer split like a gutted fish above Tasmania and spilled radiation over the edge of the stratosphere, but she’s living with the consequences—the mutations, the gangland war, and the border wall that divides the affluent North from the contaminated South. Orphaned and alone in the southern reaches, Solari survives the chaos the only way she knows how: cooking the wildly addictive snowrock for local crime lord, Worcsulakz, and avoiding the mutants that skulk in the lush, untamed wilderness of the Fringes.
But, when her junkie ex-boyfriend puts Solari more firmly in the crime lord’s debt, she runs—escaping the promise of violent retribution with a stolen van, a handful of cash, and a pair of giant wings cleaved from a mutant moth. Grafting the wings to her body will disguise Solari as one of Tasmania’s most reviled, introduce her to a softly-spoken Metallicari, and set her on the dangerous journey through gangland strongholds and carnival towns to the Border Wall in the north.
Hunted by crime lords, the hidden terrors of the Fringes, the secrets in her family’s past, and the deception at the core of her fragile alliance, Solari will need to confront them all or stay condemned to a life of loneliness and brutality.
A dark, biopunk thriller that fuses weird gothic horror with dystopian post-apocalyptic terror. Perfect for fans of China Mieville, Jeff VanderMeer, Kameron Hurley, and Tamsyn Muir.
"wildly imaginative" Goodreads review
"this offering is darker by shades and leans much more towards the weird and punk end of the spectrum, rather than the standard dystopian/post-apocalyptic end" Goodreads review"
There are real moments of brutality and desperation in this novel, but also genuine moments of connection and hope. A carnival-like atmosphere - with its gypsy quarter, mutant enclave, and border-wall towns - helps to balance the darker, war-torn streets and constant threat of violence from the gangland war...Definitely recommended for fans of dark speculative fiction with punk vibes and complicated characters." Goodreads Reviewer (review of ARC)
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I really enjoyed this book, I didn't know what to expect but it was definitely much better than I predicted. I also think the cover is really stunning and interesting. It was dark, dystopian and really enjoyable
This one was quite a ride, and so unique. Love that it was so original, and the plot development was amazing, as were the very fleshed out characters. Can’t wait for more! 4/5 stars!
n a grim future, Tasmania is a walled-off state separating the prosperous North from a lawless South beset by strange mutants arising from nuclear radiation. Solari is a biochemist on the run from a violent drug lord. In a desperate move to escape, she commits an act of self-mutilation in order to pass as a mutant and enter one of the secure enclaves where they live.
Things do not get much better for Solari, as she finds she in not so safe within the enclave either. She also learns that the mother she thought was dead is still alive, so she once again risks capture in order to head North and seek out her long-lost mother. She is accompanied in her flight by the mutant Alcaeus, who has been exuled from the enclave.
This book is a wildly imaginative tale which hearkens back to Tasmania's colonial past, when indigenous minorities were also persecuted and driven out. The criminal elements of the plot are firmly grounded in the drug and vice worlds of today and completely believable. The only aspects of Kopievsky's story that I could not accept where why Solari's human immune system did not immediately reject her self-mutilations, and just why she became so obsessed with tracking down a mother that she had barely ever seen, despite the enormous cost that this quest imposed on her and others.
If you can suspend your disbelief a bit more than I was able to, then this is a cracking story in the dystopian fantasy genre.
A very dark, very weird, and totally wonderful fantasy story. Clever and original and highly enjoyable. And look at that fantastic cover!
Buckle up, you're in for quite a ride! Dystopian mutants, trafficking, drug dealers, crime lords, amd betrayal all come together in an adventure of escape, freedom, finding love and ultimate acceptance.
The cover is what drew me to this book. I love a good sci-fi story. It had a Mad Max feel to it with an turned upside down world except with mutants. Solari the female protagonist was a force to be reckoned with. It was action packed and I found it very good. It even gave me some romance which is always my favorite part of every story. I highly recommend adding this to your list.
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