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When you open your eyes things already seem to be happening without you. You don't know who you are and you don't remember where you've been. You know the world has changed, that a catastrophe has destroyed what used to exist before, but you can't remember exactly what did exist before. And you're paralyzed from the waist down apparently, but you don't remember that either.

A man claiming to be your friend tells you your services are required. Something crucial has been stolen, but what he tells you about it doesn't quite add up. You've got to get it back or something bad is going to happen. And you've got to get it back fast, so they can freeze you again before your own time runs out.

Before you know it, you're being carried through a ruined landscape on the backs of two men in hazard suits who don't seem anything like you at all, heading toward something you don't understand that may well end up being the death of you.

Welcome to the life of Josef Horkai….

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From Publishers Weekly

Feb 13, 2012 – Josef Horkai wakes, remembering nothing of his circumstances except for an apocalyptic event known as the Kollaps, and is dispatched to find a mysterious stolen cylinder in a postapocalyptic landscape whose intensity and chilling details rival those of A Canticle for Leibowitz. Uncertain who or what he is, unable to distinguish true memories from dreams, Horkai faces his own physical limitations as a paraplegic as well as a quest whose purpose is ambiguous and laid upon him by people he does not know or trust. Prose honed to a razor sharpness carries him through a broken landscape of menace and despair that never brightens. Grim and unrelenting, this compelling book will darken the mood of even the most lighthearted readers as Evenson (The Open Curtain) drives it toward an inevitable but still surprising ending.

Customer Reviews


High hopes for this but sorry to say that this is not the way I wanted to kick off Sumer reading. Writing seems to lack detail, character development, and plot is not well developed. Liked the idea but overall this is pretty clumsy read


The writing was good and there is the kernel of a good story here but at the end I was left wondering "where's the rest?" There was more to tell here and I felt a little cheated when I got to the last page.

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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Adventure
  • Published: Apr 10, 2012
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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