Max Barry is the author of four previous novels, including New York Times Notable Book Jennifer Government and Syrup, soon to be a major film. He is also the creator of the internet mini-phenomenon NationStates, an online political simulation game. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. He is a cat person. Visit Max Barry's website at maxbarry.com, find him at facebook.com/maxbarry or follow him on twitter.com/maxbarry.
A spellbinding, intelligent read...a freewheeling plot intermeshed with linguistic theory and some genuinely creepy horror set-pieces * Guardian * Dazzling and spectacularly inventive. A novel that jams itself sideways into your brain and stays there. -- Mike Carey, author of <i>The Devil You Know </i> Insanely good. Dark and twisted and sweet and humane all at once. -- Lauren Beukes, author of <i>The Shining Girls</i> and <i>Zoo City</i> Delightfully high-concept...think Noam Chomsky meets Christopher Nolan * Vogue * An extraordinarily fast, funny, cerebral thriller -- Lev Grossman * Time * Wonderfully crafted, dark yet humourous, fast-paced and tragic in turn * National * Best thing I've read in a long, long time... a masterpiece -- Hugh Howey, bestselling author of <i>Wool</i> Sophisticated and laden with subtext... clearly reaffirms Barry's status as a gifted purveyor of suspense * Time Out New York * Barry's smartest dystopia yet * io9.com * Truly original... a crack-paced thriller... smart and tons of fun * Australian * Gripping... a pitch-perfect thriller, a jetpack of a plot that rocketed me from page one to page 400 in a single afternoon -- Cory Doctorow * BoingBoing * Highly entertaining and engrossing... characters that are both complicated and likeable * SciFi Now * Brilliantly realised... strikingly relevant... a resounding success * SFX *