The Earth is in ruins. Cities and nations destroyed. Those who survive the onslaught succumb to the cold blackness of winter. A handful of machines finally emerge into the light, lost and directionless. They are the last remnants of civilisation.
Brant is a synthetic – a machine who has the appearance and emotions of the humans who made him. He is hunted across the wasteland by cruel scavengers known as Marauders who are intent on cannibalising his body to prolong their own lives.
Brant carries a great burden as he tries to return home: a secret that can change the world. Against the unforgiving desert, the twisted denizens of this new world and his own dark past he needs to find a way back at any cost.
I find myself judging a book by how much I pick it up to read it and can’t put it down. This is that kind of book. I love this book so much, I went ahead and bought the other two in this series and, I intend to eventually read other books by this author. If you like books with excellent character development then check out this series. If you’re more into an action-oriented story, then you will probably be disappointed.
The plot involves an end-of-the world scenario and Brant is a synthetic human. I say synthetic human because unlike an android, Brant experiences emotions (there is another reason Brant experiences emotions but I don’t want to give away the plot). And, Brant, is on a mission–to save humanity. You see, this is an Earth where all plant life and, apparently, animals died off due to a conflict (it was never explicitly stated it was a nuclear war but from the description it had to be). So, literally, every human died from starvation and disease. Brant wants to change that…and that is the heart of this story. Great read and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.