The desperate ride of a bicycle courier across the ruins of America. More
In the wreckage of the world ride the cycers, long-haul bicycle couriers who spend months crossing the wild land that used to be America. They carry messages, trade in information, and haul the most precious cargo for the highest bidder. Slip is a cycer. Her country is the open road. She beats back and forth from sea to sea, across mountain and meadow, sleeping under the stars. She must be fast because she’s still alive. One day Slip is given a new cargo. Bandits fall on her and she’s lucky to get away alive. She realizes that what she’s carrying could change the balance of power in the world: usher in a renaissance, or destroy everything they’ve rebuilt. They lay traps for her. They try to trick her. They try to catch her. They all try to kill her. She'll have to be smarter, and faster, and stronger. Slip has four thousand miles to ride, and one great choice to make.
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on Oct. 20, 2017 :
This was excellent. The setting, characters, economy, and technologies were all very plausible and well-thought-out. I did think it a bit odd that nobody had managed to bring back electricity or engines. But the author even explained that later in the book; the main character remembered having once seen an electric light, so bits of technology do exist in the background, but are just too rare and expensive to influence the plot.