Firewalkers Are Brave. Firewalkers Are Resourceful. Firewalkers Are Expendable.
The Earth is burning. Nothing can survive at the Anchor; not without water and power. But the ultra-rich, waiting for their ride off the dying Earth? They can buy water. And thanks to their investment, the sun can provide power.
But someone has to repair the solar panels when they fail, down in the deserts below.
Kids like Mao, and Lupé, and Hotep; kids with brains and guts but no hope.
Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author of the acclaimed ten-book Shadows of the Apt series, the Echoes of the Fall series, and other novels, novellas and short stories including Children of Time (which won the Arthur C. Clarke award in 2016), and its sequel, Children of Ruin (which won the British Science Fiction Award in 2020). He lives in Leeds in the UK and his hobbies include entomology and board and role-playing games.
Publisher: Solaris (May 14, 2020)
Length: 208 pages
"Tchaikovsky sharply addresses the connection between class and climate, weaving pressing ethical questions into a thrilling adventure. This is a must-read for fans of dystopian and climate change fiction." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
– Publishers Weekly
"A grim picture of a possible future, a diverse cast of interesting and distinct characters, a dollop of mystery and technological shenanigans. There’s some good action, tricksy AI, and a satisfying ending. Recommended." -- Civilian Reader
– Civilian Reader
"I’m always impressed with the way that Adrian Tchaikovsky can turn his hand to any style of writing, any theme, and still come up with such wonderfully detailed stories." -- Fantasy Hive
– Fantasy Hive
"Every chapter throws fresh surprises at the reader, continually opening out the scope of the novel, and the imagery is wonderfully vivid throughout... Tchaikovsky focuses the taut story in such a way that every detail is relevant, building towards a climax that doesn’t feel possible at the beginning but which, by the end, feels like a perfect pay-off." -- SFX Magazine
– SFX Magazine
"A masterclass in concise storytelling." -- ScFiNow
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