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Publisher's Summary

From the editor-in-chief of, a stunning novel about the end of the world - and the beginning of our future.
Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families. But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them.
Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together - to either save the world or plunge it into a new dark ages.
A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.
©2016 Charlie Jane Anders (P)2016 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"Narrator Alyssa Bresnahan is so good that it's possible just to enjoy her voice and forget everything else. Luckily, this geeky, spiritual love story is strong enough to keep listeners riveted, and Bresnahan's performance is the icing on a very tasty cake." ( AudioFile)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Amy on 03-13-17

Too twee for me.

Too twee for me. While there is some good writing in here Anders spends so much of the time trying to be cute and whimsical that it distracts from the story she's trying to tell. The whole thing has the feel of an lengthy io9 article which she wrote for. Not my bag, but if you like cute this may be for you.

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4 out of 5 stars
By John on 02-18-16

Story Sputters Along

Really interesting start. Awkwardness of teenage years. Interesting as the two protagonists come back into each other's lives. Wished the author had stayed in the relationship dynamic and woven in more of how art and science or magic and technology are always linked together. Story goes off the rails with the Milton character and the doom machine. Goes to predictable battle scene. This hijacked the book and I listened more by duty to finish and not excitement to have story unfold.
This author has something special just needs to develop more. I would recommend reading interesting line about surrounding yourself with people who support you becoming the best person you envision yourself becoming. Must be a catchier way to capture this thought that would be more of a light bulb moment.

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