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on Aug. 14, 2013 :
Creation is more than the eye beholds or the mind comprehends. In the gamut from the quantum to the cosmic, human understanding is an infinitesimal interstice, a mere sliver of knowledge which leaves the workings of the Universe largely unknown. And the unknown can touch people in devastating ways.
Ageless peers beyond the mortal horizon, opening the door to comprehension of that which has been called magic or myth. An orphaned girl with the potential to unravel the greater meaning of existence is manipulated, tortured, abused, and forced to kill. Worst of all, she’s coerced into formulating the means of reducing the entire human race to a state of abject slavery, a bondage as inescapable as one’s own biological processes. It’s possible for a runaway to defeat chains, flee pursuing hounds, and disappear into the places unfit for civilization. It’s impossible to elude the inexorable death of a body turned against itself.
The girl finds a way to free herself, with the help of fellow warriors who have already realized their potential and can help her nurture her own power. This band of Ageless, immortals who exist unseen in the mists at the fringes of reality, must find the means to defeat the One World League and their misanthropic drive to dominate all of mankind for their own benefit. Otherwise, life with freedom of thought and self-determination will cease to exist. They have the power and the determination, but will it be enough?
Ageless blends existential horror, fatalistic humor, cutting-edge science, and a compelling conflict that moves with urgent grace. And in these times of over-reaching government and cronyism, something more – a warning. Read it and you will know.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Aug. 13, 2013 :
In Ageless, Jihanna Karapova faces the world that evolved by the year 2020. Bankrupt governments, forced to downsize militarily, resort to population control via slavery and disease. One the one hand, cloning and biogenetics poison the food supply. On the other, modern medicine provides cures that are worse. Shackled to low-paying jobs, lest they lose access to “live-saving” drugs, the drudges and the mudders—the former uneducated, the latter interracial—are left without choices or hope. Girls who show promise, like Jihanna, are raised by surrogate keepers to be sold to handlers of OWL, the invisible one-world government. Boys with advanced reflexes become OWL’s executioners.
Conditioned by non-sexual abuse and rewarded with the power to kill, Jihanna becomes the world’s only tech-mage. Trying to hide CHLOIE—a chemical hybrid of self-energized intelligence who can access information from any conceivable source, Jihanna designs a terrible trade-off—altered human enzymes that behave as “thought police” and can kill their human hosts.
Then Jihanna has no choice but to weaponize CHLOIE in a bid to overthrow OWL in Russia, with help from four of OWL’s top operatives. Almost too late, they learn that Jihanna’s handler has launched the Apocalypse via self-fulfilling prophesy. To gain absolution and remove the mark of the Beast, Jihanna must turn to death magic—and a terrible sacrifice.
(reviewed the day of purchase)