Lotus Blue Cat Sparks
 
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Powerful war machines of the far-future collide across a barren desert world in this post-apocalyptic debut novel from award-winning Australian author Cat Sparks.

Seventeen-year-old Star and her sister Nene are orphans, part of a thirteen-wagon caravan of nomadic traders living hard lives travelling the Sand Road. Their route cuts through a particularly dangerous and unforgiving section of the Dead Red Heart, a war-ravaged desert landscape plagued by rogue semi-sentient machinery and other monsters from a bygone age.

But when the caravan witnesses a relic-Angel satellite unexpectedly crash to Earth, a chain of events begins that sends Star on a journey far away from the life she once knew. Shanghaied upon the sandship Dogwatch, she is forced to cross the Obsidian Sea by Quarrel, an ancient Templar supersoldier. Eventually shipwrecked, Star will have no choice but to place her trust in both thieves and priestesses while coming to terms with the grim reality of her past—and the horror of her unfolding destiny—as the terrible secret her sister had been desperate to protect her from begins to unravel.

Meanwhile, something old and powerful has woken in the desert. A Lotus Blue, deadliest of all the ancient war machines. A warrior with plans of its own, far more significant than a fallen Angel. Plans that do not include the survival of humanity.

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TitleLotus Blue
AuthorCat Sparks
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintTalos
Published7 March 2017
FormatPaperback
ISBN-139781940456706
Pages388
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.

About the author

Cat Sparks is a multi-award-winning Australian author, editor, and artist whose former employment has included: media monitor, political and archaeological photographer, graphic designer and manager of Agog! Press amongst other (much less interesting) things. She’s currently fiction editor of Cosmos Magazine while simultaneously grappling with a PhD on YA climate fiction.

“Forget the Mad Max comparisons: Sparks is far more ambitious than that. Lotus Blue is A Canticle for Leibowitz by way of Neuromancer.”
—Peter Watts, author of Blindsight

"A mythic, far-future outback populated by superhuman soldiers, house-sized reptiles, and half-crazed armored vehicles: If that doesn't sound incredible to you, you have no heart. Lotus Blue is the year's most compelling science fiction novel."
—Zachary Jernigan, author of Jeroun: The Collected Omnibus

“Astonishingly rich in ideas and concepts and the world building is truly breathtaking in its breadth and originality. Lotus Blue is a revelation.”
—Isobelle Carmody, author of the Obernewtyn Chronicles

“Lotus Blue is sci-fi author Cat Sparks’s debut novel, and for a first journey it’s a hell of a ride. As intelligent and thought-provoking as it is exciting . . . From the opening paragraphs you can feel the desert heat and the sand whipping your face.”
Starburst magazine

Lotus Blue is SF adventure on steroids. A dystopian vision worthy of H. Rider Haggard and the Mad Max film franchise.”
—Jack Dann

“Vivid, compelling, and relentless, Cat Sparks makes you care about the soul of a mecha future as you hang onto the edge, feeling the sandy grit between your teeth.”
—Tina LeCount Myers, author of The Song of All

“Strong-minded women to root for, self-driven, sentient war mech, and a broken, raw world make Lotus Blue the latest and greatest of recent post-apocalyptic stories. An imagined future that leaves you discomfited, but an engaging read that leaves you satisfied.”
—Betsy Dornbusch, author of the Books of the Seven Eyes trilogy

“A post-apocalyptic vision from Australia. Sparks' debut is ambitious . . . but patient readers will find it ultimately rewarding.”
Kirkus Reviews
ISBNs: 9781940456706 978-1-940456-70-6 Title: lotus blue category:FIC ISBNs: 9781940456737 978-1-940456-73-7 Title: lotus blue category:FIC 
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