Palmer, Ada,

Too like the lightning : a narrative of events of the year 2454 / by Ada Palmer. - 448 pages ; 23 cm. - Terra Ignota ; book 1. . - Palmer, Ada, author. Terra Ignota ; book 1. .

First published: 2016.

The year is 2454. Humanity has engineered a hard-won golden age, forged in the aftermath of a bitter conflict that wiped both religion and nation state from the planet. Now seven factions or 'hives' co-govern the world, their rule fuelled by benign censorship, oracular statistical analytics and technological abundance. But this is a fragile Utopia - and someone is intent on pushing it to breaking point. Convicted for his crimes, celebrated for his talents, Mycroft Canner is the indentured instrument - and confidant - of some of the world's most powerful figures. When he is asked to investigate a bizarre theft, he finds himself on the trail of a conspiracy that could shatter the tranquil world order the Hives have maintained for three centuries. But Mycroft has his own secrets. He is concealing a much greater threat to the seven Hives, a wild card no degree of statistical analysis could have prophesised. This threat takes the unlikely form of a thirteen-year-old called Bridger. For how will a world that has banished God deal with a child who can perform miracles?

Shortlisted for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best SF Novel.


Twenty-fifth century--Fiction.
Third millennium--Fiction.

Science fiction.


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