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In 2025 the US disintegrates into angry mobs fueled by social media and misinformation. The once great nation turns away from science and tech in an effort to protect entrenched interests and preserve economic stability. Scientists are killed or exiled and laws passed to regulate innovation.

 

An American biologist is in Prague in exile in order to continue his search for dark energy, which he thinks is the fabric and soul of the universe. As he closes in on a discovery, his dreams take him back to the Great Library of Alexandria and secret chambers restricted to high-level priests. He is a young Roman engineer destined to help establish the foundation of western civilization.

 

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A gripping and enthralling blend of fact and hard science-fiction, Antioch is not only a highly entertaining Dystopian novel, but sure to engender serious reflection as Ness adds  unique and powerful twists that bridge multiple genres. A superb story with gathering momentum, his characters are vividly real, their overriding sense of purpose drawing his readers into impressively imaginative disparate timelines where an overriding sense of authenticity prevails. It’s an impressive achievement, but it’s the undeniable social commentary that elevates Antioch above its rivals. Drawing on history, science, politics and religion, it’s woven through multiple plot threads as a thematic undertone whilst persuasive well-rounded characterisation and sublime descriptive prose render scenes that are compelling and immersive. There are a few tropes found in Antioch, but to his credit Ness doesn’t exploit them to the point where we find ourselves reminded of other stories. His narrative is evenly paced and from a purely writing standpoint, he proves himself to be one of the best.

 

Antioch is, in every sense of the word, a masterpiece and epic beginning to what will undoubtedly be an epic series and one you must certainly add to your reading shelf. It is recommended without reservation.

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In his dreams he witnesses the birth of western civilization. During the day he watches its disintegration.

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