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by Tobias S. Buckell

Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction

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Zombies. Interplanetary battles. Alien races. A hero that can destroy a city in a single bounce. What's not to love? This is an edgy, engaging science fiction novel with a unique take on exactly which civilizations will represent humanity in our travels to distant planets. Light enough for a beach read, smart enough for bedside, this novel can be enjoyed on multiple levels.

Chilo, the planetary settlement, is home to multiple human races. It's
a hardscrabble life to say the least. Chilo's atmosphere, corrosive acid rain and deadly heat make it difficult to live there. Young Timas, as one of the favored xocoyotzin, is routinely lowered to the surface to help his people mine the only resources on the planet.

When Pepper, in a handmade crash cone, crashlands on Chilo, he brings news of a contagion developed by an evil enemy intent on ruling all of humanity. Timas and all of the people in his city must learn how strong they are in fighting against their invaders. (Tor, Aug., 352 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Victoria Frerichs

Publisher: TOR

Published: August 2008

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