Out beyond the Enclaves, in the desolation between the cities, an Indian flyer has been downed. A chip encoded with vital secrets is missing. Only Gahzee can venture forth to find it–walking the line between the Dreamtime and the Realtime, bringing his people’s ancient magic to bear on the poisoned world of tomorrow.
Bringing hope, perhaps, for a new dawn. . .
Thus far, I’ve only read 2 Charles de Lint books. This one I loved, the other MoonHeart, not so much.
It is a post apocalyptic world where most people live in cities that are controlled by people of Asian heritage – think yakuza. Native Americans prepared for the collapse of government and the corruption done to the environment by building large enclosed areas/preserves where they were able to escape and live protected from pollution. The inhabitants of these big domed enclosures do not allow anyone from the outside into their sanctuaries.
There was a great mix of Asian and Native American cultures – an odd mix for sure, but so right in the way it felt.
The story starts where one of the domed cities sends out a scout to discover why they have lost contact with another of their cities. Being sent out on this mission is essentially a sentence of Exile. Once you leave the city they consider you tainted and unable to be allowed entrance back in.
We not only follow this scouts journey but another’s as well – who lives inside of one of the remaining metro type cities – and how their paths cross. The interactions in this novel are great. I felt they were so intense, I don’t quite know how else to describe it but even though this was futuristic, the characters felt very real to me.
I loved the main character and his coyote. The story was thought provoking and I didn’t have those thoughts that I knew what was going to happen. Ultimately when it ends you wish you could know where all the characters go from there.
It looks like you’d have to pick this book up from a used book store or from one of the Amazon sellers. However, it it worth the hunt. I originally read a borrowed copy of my sister’s and as she lives out of state I had to track down a copy of my own to keep as I know I’d want to read it again.
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* Personally purchased copy. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.