Louise Marley paints a grim picture of Earth's near future in THE MAQUISARDE. Celebrated flautist Ebriel Serique's world falls apart when her family's yacht crosses a governmental boundary and everyone on board is killed. Temporarily insane, Ebriel plots revenge until she's institutionalized. Rescue comes from a group of rebels who use the orbiting Star Hotel as their base, and its architect and owner as their leader. James Bull fled his Montana childhood and Indian heritage by joining the Inco Security Forces. His father believes Inco is dirty, but James still believes in its purpose until Ebriel's family's murder causes him to search for the truth. Inco General Glass wants the Star Hotel. James wants the truth. Ebriel just wants to know why her family was killed. In this bleak, intense, provocative chronicle, Ms. Marley blatantly implies absolute power corrupts absolutely. (Dec., 400 pp., $23.95)
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Kelly Rae Cooper