Set in 23rd-century post-apocalyptic Lunden, this electrifying sequel to Diamand’s Raiders' Ransom (2009) is a thrill ride from start to finish.
In alternating chapters, readers hear from former fisher-girl Lilly, whose mission is to return her friend Lexy to her father, the Prime Minister of England, and from raider Zeph, who is being forced to betray Lexy and Lilly in order to save all of the Angel Island raiders from a gruesome execution. Divided loyalties and cross-purposes abound as the three young people try to figure out how they and their precarious friendships can survive a world in turmoil. Even PSAI, supposedly the world’s only remaining computer, winds up with an identity crisis when he meets and is downloaded by a military supercomputer. Lilly, Lexy, Zeph and PSAI will all have to make hard choices and sacrifices to survive the violent conflicts escalating around them. To create a world in which unlikely friendships like theirs can flourish, they will have to do even more. Are they up to the challenge? Alas, readers will have to wait.
The rare combination of action at breakneck speed and significant, believable character development makes this just about impossible to put down. (Science fiction. 9-14)