From Robert Charles Wilson, the author of the Hugo
Award–winner Spin, comes Burning Paradise, a new tale of humans
coming to grips with a universe of implacable strangeness.
Cassie Klyne, nineteen-years-old, lives in the United States
in the year 2015—but it’s not our United States, and it’s not our 2015.
Cassie’s world has been at peace since the Great Armistice
of 1918. There was no World War II, no Great Depression. Poverty is declining,
prosperity is increasing everywhere; social instability is rare. But Cassie
knows the world isn’t what it seems. Her parents were part of a group who
gradually discovered the awful truth: that for decades—back to the dawn of
radio communications—human progress has been interfered with, made more
peaceful and benign, by an extraterrestrial entity. And by interfering with our
communications, this entity has tweaked history in massive and subtle ways.
That humanity is, for purposes unknown, being farmed.
Cassie’s parents were killed for this knowledge, along with
most of the other members of their group. Since then, the survivors have
scattered and gone into hiding. Cassie and her younger brother Thomas now live
with her aunt Nerissa, who shares these dangerous secrets. Others live nearby.
For eight years they have attempted to lead unexceptional lives in order to
escape detection. The tactic has worked.
Until now. Because the killers are back. And they’re not
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