cover image The Fall of Koli

The Fall of Koli

M.R. Carey. Orbit, $16.99 trade paper (496p) ISBN 978-0-316-45872-6

The engrossing finale to Carey’s Rampart Trilogy (following The Trials of Koli) dashes many of its characters’ hopes but also opens possibilities for the future that none of them ever imagined. Koli and his companions—trans woman Cup, scientist Ursala, and sentient AI Monomo—have finally reached the source of the signal they’ve been following through the dystopian wilderness: a ship called the Sword of Albion. They hoped the source would offer answers, but instead they discover that the ship holds horrific, lethal secrets from the prewar past, before technology was destroyed and outlawed. Meanwhile, Koli’s old friend Spinner has become a leader in the village of Mythen Rood, wielding controversial old world technology. Now the town faces invasion by a massive, undefeated army. Even if the town survives the assault, it will have to contend with Koli’s return home from exile and the potential extinction of humanity. Carey packs this series conclusion with long-awaited answers about the past, present, and future of this dystopian world. Brimming with both action and humanity—especially from the AI Monono—this is sure to satisfy series fans. [em]Agent: Meg Davis, Ki Agency. (Mar.) [/em]