The Gone-Away World

Nick Harkaway, Author . Knopf $24.95 (497p) ISBN 978-0-307-26886-0

This unclassifiable debut from the son of legendary thriller author John le Carré is simultaneously a cautionary tale about the absurdity of war; a sardonic science fiction romp through Armageddon; a conspiracy-fueled mystery replete with ninjas, mimes and cannibal dogs; and a horrifying glimpse of a Lovecraftian near-future. “Go Away” bombs have erased entire sections of reality from the face of the Earth. A nameless soldier and his heroic best friend witness firsthand the unimaginable aftermath outside the Livable Zone, finding that the world has “unraveled” and is home to an assortment of nightmarish mutations. With the fate of humankind in the balance, the pair become involved in an unlikely and potentially catastrophic love triangle. Readers who prefer linear, conventional plotlines may find Harkaway overly verbose and frustratingly tangential, but those intrigued by works that blur genre boundaries will find this wildly original hybrid a challenging and entertaining entry in the post-apocalyptic canon. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 07/21/2008
Release date: 09/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
Downloadable Audio - 1 pages - 978-1-4159-5863-6
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Open Ebook - 301 pages - 978-0-307-27037-5
Paperback - 576 pages - 978-0-307-38907-7
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