Author: Rivers Solomon
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Vern flees Cainland, but will Cainland ever leave her? As she births and raises her twins alone in the forest, she starts to realise that she’s no ordinary teenager, and that the separatist Black compound where she grew up is more than she imagined – and that has consequences for her children too. Friend or foe, lover or monster: Vern has to read everyone she encounters, and the contradictory information they impart about Cainland and the world beyond it, if she and her kids are to survive. And when she finds someone that she can trust, someone who believes her, will she be able to drop her defences long enough so they can stand together? Full-on, pulse-pounding genre excellence meets writing of the highest order in Rivers Solomons’ third novel. Faer thrilling vision of Vern, a superpowered queer Black mother, pays homage to greats such as Octavia Butler, and creates something also entirely of faer own and of this moment.