cover image The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma

The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma

Brian Herbert. Tor, $25.99 (416p) ISBN 978-0-7653-3254-7

Twenty years after the Corporate War of 2041, the Green States of America follows its radical environmentalist leader, Chairman Rahma Popal, and two trusted eco-techs, Joss Stuart and Kupi Landau, to the brink of another battle. Joss and Kupi use science overseer (SciO) “splitting” and “greenforming” tools to fragment man-made constructions into basic molecules and return land to its natural state. Meanwhile, Rahma must defend the GSA against the nuke-wielding Panasians and plug a security leak of the SciO technology. The tale becomes much more electrifying when a freak explosion gives Joss splitting and greenforming superpowers. Kupi, who is a much more interesting character than Joss before his transformation, slowly fades once he gets his powers, while Joss embarks on a rushed romance with a new love interest, Evana, one of Rahma’s hundred children. Herbert skimps on dystopian motifs, creating a fresh and forbidding near-future world. (July)