Yes, it’s another post-apocalyptic series opener, but it’s infused with a generous spirit—call it a utopian dystopia.

The small, walled community of Las Anclas bears little resemblance to Los Angeles, whose ancient ruins sprawl nearby. To Ross, a badly wounded prospector fleeing a powerful enemy, it’s paradise compared to what he’s used to—to its residents, not so much. Yuki misses the freedom of the wild ocean and dreams of escaping with Paco. Engineer Mia loves blowing things up, but she feels socially awkward. Felicité, the daughter of the mayor and defense chief, knows precisely what she wants: to make half of a power couple with Indra, Jennie’s boyfriend. Jennie herself is delighted to be chosen as a Ranger, the town’s elite defense corps; she’d feared that prejudice against the Changed, people like her who’ve acquired strange powers, made her a long shot. Mia and Jennie, best friends, find themselves attracted to secretive Ross. Characterization is rich and stereotype-free. For gays and lesbians, sexual orientation is neither more nor less a defining characteristic than it is for heterosexuals. Equally exceptional is the depiction of conflict. The confusing adrenaline rush of war is followed by PTSD, its lingering afterimage. The five dynamic narrators and action-packed plot deliver thrills while slyly undermining genre clichés.

A first-rate page turner that leaves its own compelling afterimage.
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Yay! Looking forward to reading it.
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yay! Looking forward to reading it when it's out!
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Congratulations!! Yay for book! (and both of you!)
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yes!!! I can't wait to read it.

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That's a glorious review. And so clueful!


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I just checked out my local library to see if they had you on order and YES plus I am the 4th in line which means 3 others are in line for it too. THIS IS NOT TO SAY I WOULD NOT BUY IT TOO just, local library accessibility is important to me esp for queer ya books.

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Oh, that's nice! At least three random people want to read it.

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Congratulations!! :D What a wonderful review!
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A first-rate page turner that leaves its own compelling afterimage.


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W00t! You don't get much better than a starred review in Kirkus!

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It's a great novel. I'm not surprised it got a great review.
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Also, of course it "slyly undermin[es] genre clichés." It's yours — what else would it do?


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