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    • ISBN:9780575134065
    • Publication date:18 May 2017

The Switch

By Justina Robson

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This groundbreaking new novel from one of the genre's most respected authors is a thrilling mix of science, magic and politics.

This groundbreaking new novel from one of the genre's most respected authors is a thrilling mix of science, magic and politics.

In Harmony, only model citizens are welcome.

A perfect society must be maintained. The defective must be eradicated. For orphans like Nico and Twostar, this means a life that's brutal, regulated and short.

But Nico and Twostar are survivors, and when they're offered a way out of the slums, they take it.

Unfortunately, no one told Nico the deal included being sentenced to death for the murder of one of Harmony's most notorious gang leaders.

Or that to gain his freedom, first he must lose his mind.

Biographical Notes

Justina Robson is an Arthur C. Clarke shortlisted author of nine SF novels, including the highly regarded Quantum Gravity series, and was one of the first writers to win amazon.co.uk's Writer's Bursary. Based in Leeds, she's won multiple international awards and is a sought-after creative writing teacher who has taught at Clarion and the Avon Foundation.

You can learn more at justinarobson.co.uk or by following @JustinaRobson on twitter.

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  • ISBN: 9780575134089
  • Publication date: 18 May 2017
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A showcase for the authors relentless imagination. It tap dances along the lines between genre boundaries, kicking up its heels with a giddy, ferociously smart inventiveness — SFX
a taut thriller swimming in high concepts — The Independent on Sunday
The Glorious Angels is a compellingly complex novel that shifts between many different character perspectives... has a lot of twists and turn that allow us to fully immerse ourselves in the world that Justina Robson has created — Flickering Myth
The Glorious Angels is an outstanding piece of work that requires a lot from the reader. But what they receive in return is glorious indeed — Starburst Magazine
incredibly intelligent and well structured...[Robson] delves into so many emotions and topics, including lust, romance, family and independence...what this book really does is tell an engaging, complex story and it tells it without condescending to stereotypes. — Sci-Fi Now
an intriguing...tale of war, internecine politics and ancient technologies — The Financial Times
I waited for something this intelligent for a long time and I certainly wasn't disappointed.. a tremendously deep read — Upcoming 4 Me
if you're looking for a bold, unashamedly different story, then The Glorious Angels is for you — Bending Over Bookwards
intricately plotted, multi-faceted, fascinating story of a world where the female is at the top of every social hierarchy — We Love This Book
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