UPDATE: Finished! A totally compelling read — I could barely put it down. Vividly drawn characters, beautiful worldbuilding, and best of all, its near-future setting is dystopian only in the broadest sense: civilization as we know it today has collapsed, but all is not lost, and the world has not gone full Mad Max. It might be the most hopeful dystopian SF I’ve ever read. And now I’m instantly moving on to the sequel, The Wild Dead.
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