• by Michael Tolkin
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  • 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In post-NK3 Los Angeles, a 60-foot-tall fence surrounds the hills where the rich used to live, but the mansions have been taken over by those with the only power that matters: the power of memory. Life for the community inside the Fence, ruled over by the new aristocracy, the Verified, is a perpetual party. Outside the Fence, in downtown Los Angeles, the Verified use an invented mythology to control the mindless and nameless Drifters, Shamblers, and Bottle Bangers who serve the gift economy until no longer needed.
The ruler, Chief, takes his guidance from gigantic effigies of a man and a woman in the heart of the Fence. They warn him of trouble to come, but who is the person to watch? Is it the elusive Eckmann, holed up with the last functioning plane at LAX; Shannon Squier, the chisel-wielding pop superstar from the pre-NK3 world, pulled from the shambling masses; a treacherous member of Chief's inner circle; or Hopper, the uncommon Drifter compelled by an inner voice to search for a wife whose name and face he doesn't know? Each threatens to upset the delicate power balance in this fragile world.
In deliciously dark prose, Tolkin winds a noose-like plot around this melee of despots, prophets, and rebels as they struggle for command and survival in a town that still manages to exert a magnetic force, even as a ruined husk.


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Please, please please do not spend your time reading this book. The story of NK3 is not as interesting as I had hoped. The structure of this book is a mess. I am missing a full plot, the character don't progress or really develop. It is a mess. You have so many unnecessary details that do not add or support the story. I am so disappointed. It's random and I completely wasted my time and my money.
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- Chérie White

Truly a grade A stink-a-reno!

While the narration was brilliant, it was wasted on, what I believe to be, the dumbest story ever told. I listened the whole time hoping for some sort of rational storyline to emerge. The writing reminds one of a composition from a 5 year-old told to work in lots of trademark references. Wish I had my money and time back...
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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.