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About the author:
Marla Shin has been a bookworm since the age of three. She grew up in Wichita, Kansas, but relocated to the Southwest for the weather, the scenery, and the Mexican food. She currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband and five cats. She has been a librarian for over twenty years.
One thousand years after humans have rendered themselves extinct, a new breed of homo sapiens is beginning a civilization on the Oregon coast. Descended from genetically-engineered experiments, these beings who call themselves mutas (Homo sapiens mutatis mutandis) have established a group of villages under the name Mutatis United and begun to send out explorers. Half the size of humans, many of them look human, and in this group are called Norms. Others, have a huge variety of mutations, and are called Gifted.
Near this colony is a gigantic building that was a laboratory when the humans were alive. Now it houses another colony of mutas, called Mutatec, that has developed a tyrannical heirarchy in which the Gifted rule the Norms with an iron fist, rendering them worse than slaves.
The story opens with a third colony of mutas in what used to be Arkansas, unknown to the other two. In this colony, the Gifted (here called the Flawed) are treated as slaves and not permitted to breed. The human-looking ones, called the Perfect, worship the Ancestors (humans) and believe everything outside the huge building they live in, called Cityhouse, is poison. The main character, Hallia, is a Flawed with wings. On her graduation from school (age 16) she is to be taken and have her wings cut off. She has been rebelling for some time, teaching herself to fly in the deserted upper stories of Cityhouse, and escapes the Director of Purification's goons to be the first person in their history to leave Cityhouse.
Not knowing anything about survival outside, her fast metabolism renders her on the point of death by starvation in three days. She is found by a group of explorers from Mutatis United and fed. they begin teaching her their language and take her back to their country. The first half of the book details their trip across a wild, partially radioactive American landscape from Arkansas to Oregon.
When they arrive at Mutatis United, they find that the tensions between Mutatis United and Mutatec have finally erupted in war. Hallia with her gift of flight becomes a major player in the war, while she grows used to being accepted, valued, and loved.
- Publication Date:
- 1481892991 / 9781481892995
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Science Fiction / Adventure