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Library Journal
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Cassie Klyne lives with her Aunt Nerissa and her brother Thomas in an alternate Buffalo, NY, circa 2015. Neither the Great Depression nor World War II has occurred, and the world is slowly but steadily gaining in overall prosperity. Cassie, however, knows that her world is not as it seems; her parents were murdered for their discovery that that human history has been manipulated by an extraterrestrial presence for sinister reasons. When a mysterious man dies suddenly outside her apartment, Cassie knows that the alien killers are back, and she and her brother must flee for their lives. VERDICT The Hugo Award-winning author of Spin has written a story of gradual suspense and quiet terror, with believable characters and a compelling plot. Fans of conspiracy theories, alien encounters, and supernatural suspense should enjoy this work. [See Prepub Alert, 5/13/13.] (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publishers Weekly
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Hugo-winner Wilson (The Chronoliths) casts a cold eye at SF cliches in this powerful novel designed to shake up lazy readers. In an alternate 2014, contented citizens are celebrating a century of "approximate peace" since the Armistice ended the war in Europe. Only members of the Correspondence Society realize that an alien entity encompassing the planet has been manipulating and pacifying humanity by controlling electronic communication and sending sims-artificial products of its hive mind-to kill anyone who discovers the truth. This is familiar stuff, and readers will expect to see heroic humans casting off the alien tyranny. Instead, Wilson focuses on the difficult moral choices his characters must face as they consider what has been done for (not just to) humankind, and as they discover sims among their closest companions. Heroism is set side by side with deep pain, and there are no easy answers. This is a deeply thoughtful, deliberately discomfiting book that will linger long and uneasily in the reader's mind. Agent: Shawna McCarthy, McCarthy Agency. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.