A nanovirus runs rampant, turning living tissue to silicone molecules. To prevent more destruction, many countries have outlawed science entirely. Most people are hardwired at birth to the LINK, a virtual reality network that provides the majority of communication, entertainment and education for those who go along with the government.
Angels and demons walk the earth and many believe Armageddon is at hand. The masses look to Emmaline McNaughten, a renegade priest who also just may be the biblical Antichrist. Standing against her, an ex-cop, a couple of Artificial Intelligences, an ex-con hacker—and Amariah, teenage daughter of the archangel Michael.
In Morehouse's hands, turn-of-the-21st-century Earth is cleverly and carefully built. The story is told from the viewpoints of several major characters, which reinforces the global scope of the plot and gives the action a breathless, edge-of-your-seat feel. The fourth entry in Morehouse's cyberpunk-fantasy series is timely in its presentation of horrors done in the name of religion. Walking the fine line between science and faith, what once might have been considered far-out science fiction hits rather close to home. (Jun., 341 pp., $6.99)
Jen Talley Exum