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Ragamuffin
Tobias S. Buckell
Adult Fiction BUCKELL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Set in the same far-future universe as Crystal Rain (2006), in which the ruling alien Satrapy has confined humanity to the fringes of a confederation of worlds linked by wormholes, Buckell's second SF novel provides plenty of gun play and close calls for his heroes. The Satraps now seek the all-out destruction of the Raga, descendants of an Earth island culture. A young Raga woman, Nashara, attempts to evade capture from a determined pursuer, just as the wormhole to her home, Nanagada, mysteriously reopens. Meanwhile, the aliens who control Nanagada struggle for power, Teotl against Loa, while humans play them against each other, hoping to break their iron control. As the political situation destabilizes, Nashara and her friends appear, and total war for the right of humanity to live free becomes inevitable. Buckell plays with Caribbean and Aztec cultures, bending their exotic flavor to technology-flavored ends. Though the ending is never in doubt, the twisty ride getting there is a lot of fun. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In a far future, the Benevolent Satrapy, a coalition of alien races, rules over 48 worlds, restricting the freedom and movement of humans under their control. Only the Ragamuffins, descendants of Earth's island population who have turned to smuggling and piracy, retain any freedom-and the satraps have marked them for extermination. The fate of humanity lies with a woman called Nashara, who is part machine and part flesh-a walking doomsday weapon. Only the Ragamuffins can help Nashara and prevent her from destroying the universe she is trying to save. Part of the Sci Fi Channel's "Essential Book" series, the follow-up to Buckell's Crystal Rain establishes the author as a signature voice of Afro-Caribbean speculative fiction. Fans of Nalo Hopkinson should enjoy this colorful and vibrant tale of the "good fight." (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Descendant of Earth; lives on an island referred to as Lost Earth; evades capture from a determined alien pursuer; dead wormhole to her old home mysteriously reopens; starts a total war for the right of humanity to live free; combat enabled.



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