The story of a revolution-turned–civil war waged across the solar system—and within one very unusual spaceship.
Constance Harper, known as the Mallt-y-Nos, has started a revolution: she’s destroyed the Earth and ignited a civil war that’s engulfing the whole solar system. She can’t afford to let her feelings sway her from her intended course: taking down the all-powerful System. She can’t afford to show any weakness. Althea can’t afford to show fear, either, but she’s hiding from something more powerful than any army. Her ship, the Ananke, was awoken and made sentient by a computer virus. But the Ananke is far from human, and Althea’s strange “daughter” is fast outgrowing her mother’s lessons. This sequel to Lightless (2015) picks up where the first book left off, digging deeper into the relationships between Constance, Ivan, and Mattie, the revolutionaries who together stole the bombs that razed Earth, and continuing the story of the Ananke’s awakening. As the stories of Constance and Althea hurtle toward inevitable confrontations, and both women discover whom they can and can’t trust, Higgins keeps the tension high while raising questions about what it means to be human, to be a fighter, to be powerful. The pace never flags even as the reader is asked to ponder the just use of power, the limits of our ability to understand one another, and the responsibilities that come with creation—or destruction.
Sci-fi fans will love this tense, action-packed, and thought-provoking adventure.