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A mysterious murder in a dystopian future leads a novice investigator to question what she's learned about the foundation of her population-controlled society.

Decades after economic and environmental collapse destroys much of civilization in the United States, the Coast Road region isn't just surviving but thriving by some accounts, building something new on the ruins of what came before. A culture of population control has developed in which people, organized into households, must earn the children they bear by proving they can take care of them and are awarded symbolic banners to demonstrate this privilege. In the meantime, birth control is mandatory.

Enid of Haven is an Investigator, called on to mediate disputes and examine transgressions against the community. She's young for the job and hasn't yet handled a serious case. Now, though, a suspicious death requires her attention. The victim was an outcast, but might someone have taken dislike a step further and murdered him?

In a world defined by the disasters that happened a century before, the past is always present. But this investigation may reveal the cracks in Enid's world and make her question what she really stands for.


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Details

Author(s)
Carrie Vaughn
Format
Paperback | 288 pages
Dimensions
135 x 203 x 23mm | 236g
Publication date
11 Jul 2017
Publisher
John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication City/Country
Boston, MA, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
Illustrations, black and white
ISBN10
0544947304
ISBN13
9780544947306
Bestsellers rank
526,541