Kelley Eskridge

The outstanding debut novel from a particular voice in speculative fiction boldly maps an ambivalent destiny -- and the perilous, provocative terrain of the mind.

Since the instant she got here into the realm, Ren "Jackal" Segura has been taken care of another way. As a wish, she is an emblem of the top ideas of human society and is assured a place of impression within the international executive as soon as she comes of age. yet months sooner than she is to imagine the position she has been getting ready for her whole existence -- while she is going to go away her domestic to symbolize the big company entity that homes, feeds, and employs her and everybody round her -- Jackal discovers that every thing she believes, every thing she is, is a lie.

Saddled with a crushing burden she dares no longer percentage with an individual -- no longer even Snow, her closest net mate, her dearest center -- she needs to dwell as though not anything has replaced. yet on a leisure time out with the others in her net, she inadvertently reveals herself on the heart of a maelstrom of terror and disaster ... and in one quick, Jackal Segura is a wish now not. within the collective eyes of the society that after respected her, she has turn into another person: a pariah...and a assassin.

Now she needs to endure a negative punishment. Agreeing to take part in a "rehabilitation" scan, she surrenders to a digital solitude, imprisoned by myself in a chilly grey field in her brain, the place months will appear like years and the demons of her psyche can be allowed loose rein. yet Jackal's historical past as a desire has given her strengths and abilities different prisoners lack -- powers she's going to have to undergo the tormenting loneliness; to outlive, branded and despised, again in an international she does not understand; to discover the reality approximately her merciless betrayal; and to rediscover her existence, her love, and her soul -- in a wierd position of shattered hopes and new beginnings, referred to as Solitaire.

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