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A modern gothic thriller set in a decaying urban environment and lush mutant wilderness.
Solari wasn’t alive when the ozone layer split like a gutted fish above Tasmania and spilled radiation over the edge of the stratosphere, but she’s living with the consequences-the mutations, the gangland war, and the border wall that divides the affluent North from the contaminated South. Orphaned and alone in the southern reaches, Solari survives the chaos the only way she knows how: cooking the wildly addictive snowrock for local crime lord, Worcsulakz, and avoiding the mutants that skulk in the lush, untamed wilderness of the Fringes.
But, when her junkie ex-boyfriend puts Solari more firmly in Worcsulakz’s debt, she runs-escaping the promise of violent retribution with a stolen van and a pair of giant wings cleaved from a mutant moth. Grafting the wings to her body disguises Solari as one of Tasmania’s most reviled and hunted, but grants her refuge in the one place Worcsulakz won’t look for her-a mutant enclave.
There, Solari will form an unlikely alliance with another mutant and commence the dangerous journey through gangland strongholds and carnival towns to get to the Border Wall in the north. Hunted by Worcsulakz, the hidden terrors of the Fringes, the secrets in her family’s past, and the deception at the core of her fragile alliance, Solari will need to confront them all or stay condemned to a life of loneliness and brutality.
Don’t miss this bold grimdark, biopunk thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world of danger and decay. Perfect for readers of dystopian, gothic, and new weird science fiction, and fans of China Mieville, Jeff Vandermeer, Kameron Hurley, and Tamsyn Muir.
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