In the tradition of George Orwell's 1984 and Jack London's The Iron Heel, both cautionary tales about the future, Silence Descends is an audacious and eloquent novel in the form of a treatise written at the end of the twenty-fifth century, depicting the rise and fall of the Information Age. It is the history of what is yet to be: a world in which all that has come before it is no longer relevant.
Its story dates back to Volgograd, Russia in 2004, when the city was devastated by a nuclear bomb, which the author cites as the beginning of the end of the Information Age. Technology could not properly convey the horror and magnitude of the disaster; "for the first time, the airwaves of the world had been struck dumb". The book goes on to reveal the impact of a culture that cannot be contained, a society struggling to reinvent itself in the shadow of madness and longing: instead of saving the world, the "gluttony of data" leaves nothing but silence in its wake.
At once an imaginary assessment of the past and a cautionary tale from the future, Silence Descends will transfix and transport you.