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A riveting, beautifully written, fugue-like novel of AIs, memory, violence, and mortality
Not far in the future the seas have risen and the central latitudes are emptying, but itís still a good time to be rich in San Francisco, where weapons drones patrol the skies to keep out the multitudinous poor. Irina isnít rich, not quite, but she does have an artificial memory that gives her perfect recall and lets her act as a medium between her various employers and their AIs, which are complex to the point of opacity. Itís a good gig, paying enough for the annual visits to the Mayo Clinic that keep her from aging.
Kern has no such access; heís one of the many refugees in the sprawling drone-built favelas on the cityís periphery, where he lives like a monk, training relentlessly in martial arts, scraping by as a thief and an enforcer. Thales is from a different world entirelyóthe mathematically inclined scion of a Brazilian political clan, heís fled to L.A. after the attack that left him crippled and his father dead.
A ragged stranger accosts Thales and demands to know how much he can remember. Kern flees for his life after robbing the wrong mark. Irina finds a secret in the reflection of a laptopís screen in her employerís eyeglasses. None are safe as theyíre pushed together by subtle forces that stay just out of sight.
Vivid, tumultuous, and propulsive, Void Star is Zachary Masonís mind-bending follow-up to his bestselling debut, The Lost Books of the Odyssey.