Feed the Machine... or die.
Welcome to Cago.
A small town protected by three electrified fences, the people within eke out an existence scavenging in the Scour, the wasteland of ruined junk and twisted metal that is all that remains of the old world. They are forced to feed the Machine to fulfill their yearly quota or be ripped to pieces by the silver mechanical bugs that live within it.
In this broken future, three siblings are fighting to fill the quota, time rapidly counting down to the yearly Feed. If they fail, they'll be forced to sell themselves to Fat Man, a brutal tyrant, to survive.
Their father is long gone, vanishing one night with all their wealth, throwing his family into poverty. Their mother scrapes out a living carting waste for the rich.
Ash is marching out into the Scour, a deadly place inhabited by Scabs, bloodthirsty cannibals, and hazels, monsters of meat and circuitry that stalk the night. A fallen missile is his last hope.
Nola has a plan that relies on seduction or violence - she doesn't care much which if it gets them free.
Silver, youngest and struggling with a mind that turns its sharpest knives inward has a bigger plan than any of them. One that could not only free them but possibly change the world...
A new dystopian science fiction novel from Mathew Ferguson
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About the Author
Writer/editor since 2003. Worked in licensed publishing writing Disney storybooks, Pixar stuff and a variety of other licensed titles. I wrote the books given out to kids on British Airways and Qantas to keep them entertained during the flight.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fan-freaking-tastic! AI, cyborgs, robots, and nanotechnology get a fresh, unique treatment in a dystopian setting. Addresses issues of wealth vs poverty, abuse of power, rank and social class, privilege vs deprivation. If not for the excessive use of f-bombs, this would rank right up there with Frank Herbert. Can be a little hard at times to figure out what's going on, but eventually it all comes together.
I wish it was more engaging. The story plot was a great idea layout between chapters not so much. Potential to be much much more .hope you keep writing.
This is the best book I have read in the last few years.
A chilling mystery set in a very well thought out world, with nanotechnology, snarky cats, and characters you can really root for ( or against)! This was a book I couldn't wait to get back to each night.
I picked this up for free on a whim as there were no reviews to recommend it and I was pleasantly surprised. The premise of the story was interesting and the characters, though sometimes undeveloped, were compelling and kept you wanting them to succeed. I wonder if there will be a follow up book?