Nakba is defined by the author as an Arabic word meaning disaster, catastrophe or cataclysm. In this book it is also synonymous with diaspora. The world has been homogenized by Posthegemony rule. Everyone is happy and everyone is in their place until silverscreen icon lifts from the planet and flaunts dissonance in the collective Posthegemony face.
In many ways the story here is more important than the characters that populate it. The author has defined the primary dissents as Interesting People. The definition places Interesting People as semi-mythological until they define the unified power of the Posthegemony. I delighted in the Interesting People concept.
Downstar was another concept that was delightful. Not only are special needs folks mentioned, they command a major role in the book and it appears in the fore coming books.
I’ve not encountered Mr. Walters work before but I will most definitely be looking for the sequel to this excellent novel. I see some interesting reading ahead!
I highly recommend the book.
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