By Charlie Jane Anders
From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a beautiful novel in regards to the finish of the world—and the start of our future
Childhood neighbors Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't anticipate to work out one another back, after parting methods lower than mysterious conditions in the course of highschool. in any case, the advance of magical powers and the discovery of a two-second time laptop might hardly ever fail to alarm one's friends and families.
But now they're either adults, dwelling within the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling aside round them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's operating with a gaggle that goals to evade catastrophic breakdown via technological intervention into the altering worldwide weather. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically proficient, and works with a small band of alternative magicians to secretly fix the world's every-growing illnesses. Little do they detect that whatever larger than both of them, whatever all started years in the past of their formative years, is set to carry them together—to both shop the area, or plunge it right into a new darkish ages.
A deeply magical, darkly humorous exam of existence, love, and the apocalypse.
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