In the Hall of the Mad-God
Effie "Tuck" Tucker and her unlikely friends pursue a stolen artificial intelligence named Echo that has been lost to Tuck due to a careless mistake. However, a mysterious enemy known as the Terror has other plans for Tuck and for Echo, and their quest takes the trio far beyond any place any human has ever gone to recover the AI, who is the only family Tuck has ever known. More
A desperate quest for a stolen friend. An unlikely partnership. A deadly enemy, and a young woman willing to risk it all.
When sole-survivor Effie "Tuck" Tucker lost her artificial intelligence and best friend, Echo, at the hands of a careless mistake, she also gained two followers: Adam White, a "Taken" telepath, charged with deadly powers controlled by the supreme alien race, the Proditori, and Samuel Zook, a plucky Amish boy determined not to let the other two kill each other. In the dwindling summer months of an uncertain year in the future, a signal is heard by the trio that could indicate the location of another "AI," one which could help them all recover Tuck's lost friend. Adam and Tuck seek out this AI in hopes of becoming one step closer, only to discover that the city housing the AI, one they call the "Nothingness," is absolutely nothing like it seems.
A deadly, mysterious enemy known as the Terror, horrible and unknowable, is uncovered, also revealing a newer and far deadlier plot than any of them could have ever imagined. The aliens plan to Harvest the area for resources in a sickening ritual known as Absorption, and if Tuck and Adam don't act soon, Tuck, Adam, and even Echo will be lost forever in the unrecoverable recesses of the great and terrible Proditori Hive Mind. Naturally determined, though grossly out of her league, Tuck, with single-minded determination bordering on recklessness, decides to follow Echo even into death to a place where the alien Hive Minds are said to reside: the Necropolis. From the farthest reaches of the abandoned forest in which they all live to the furthest depths of the parent underground Hive Mind, Tuck and Adam must track down Echo through the daily obstacles the Proditori throw in their way in a race against time before Adam, and Echo, are lost forever.
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