What if… reality ensues? Riots, world-wide wars, deaths of milions?
What if… fate of world was in past long time held in hand of mad god-emperors?
What if… there is something even worse lurking in dark?
Now, thousand year later, we seem to be at more peaceful time in history. We witness group of kids from one of many enclosed communities starting to learn about their powers in school. But we already can feel something dark here. Disturbing mysteries, strange happenings and suspicious vanishings. In fact, nothing is as it seems and these kids are about to discover some things better left alone for peace of mind.
This tale have three parts. In each one main characters are older, some of them are noticeably missing and new pieces of puzzle are revealed. Nature of village, truth about history, possibility of nightmares from past coming back and ancestry of human servants, called queerrats, among other things.
This is dysutopian (yes, this spelling is deliberate) story of future, but not one of overcrowded megacities in perpetual smog, insane rogue AIs or corporate dictators opressing mindless masses. At first blush, it is happy, sinister society of free love and brainwashing, where undesirable elements are unpersoned with extreme prejudice. Um, what?
As story unfolds, description of how it came to be start becoming disturbingly convincing. Most unsettling, perhaps, is inevitable logic. Just think about it. In society where anyone can instakill anyone with mere thought, how people can coexist? How you deal with bad people? Every societal structure before awakening was built with assumption that single human is relatively weak. What is new equilibrium today?
There are things, that just must be done, to prevent even worse things. Atrocites are commited and sacrifices are made to ensure survival of what left of mankind.
And even that may be not enough.
All in all…
I will not spoil the story. It even for once have ending that does not suck! I will be succinct and sum up entire From the New World in one sentence.
Geneva Convention cries somewhere in corner in fetal position.