The year is 2454.
Humanity has engineered a hard-won golden age, forged in the aftermath of a bitter conflict that wiped both religion and nation state from the planet. Now seven factions or Ã¢Â€Â˜hivesÃ¢Â€Â™ co-govern the world, their rule fuelled by benign censorship, oracular statistical analytics and technological abundance. But this is a fragile UtopiaÃ¢Â€Â”and someone is intent on pushing it to breaking point.
Convicted for his crimes, celebrated for his talents, Mycroft Canner is the indentured instrumentÃ¢Â€Â”and confidantÃ¢Â€Â”of some of the worldÃ¢Â€Â™s most powerful figures. When he is asked to investigate a bizarre theft, he finds himself on the trail of a conspiracy that could shatter the tranquil world order the Hives have maintained for three centuries.
Ã¢Â€Â˜More intricate, more plausible, more significant than any debut I can recall.Ã¢Â€Â™Ã¢Â€Â”Cory Doctorow
Ã¢Â€Â˜The kind of science fiction that makes me excited all over again about what science fiction can do.Ã¢Â€Â™Ã¢Â€Â”Jo Walton
Ã¢Â€Â˜Thought-provoking, disturbing, occasionally perverted, and always entertaining. Worldbuilding at its richest.Ã¢Â€Â™Ã¢Â€Â”Kirkus