By Christopher Priest
The town is winched alongside tracks via a devastated land jam-packed with opposed tribes. Rails needs to be freshly laid prior to town and thoroughly got rid of in its wake. Rivers and mountains current approximately insurmountable demanding situations to the ingenuity of the city’s engineers. but when town doesn't flow, it's going to fall farther and farther at the back of the “optimum” into the crushing gravitational box that has remodeled lifestyles in the world. the single substitute to development is death.
the key directorate that governs the town makes definite that its population understand not anything of this. Raised in universal in crèches, nurtured on artificial nutrition, avoided chiefly from venturing outdoor the closed circuit of town, they're conscientiously sheltered from the dire prerequisites that experience come to outline human life. And but the town is in challenge. the folks are becoming restive, the inhabitants is dwindling, and the rulers be aware of that, for all their efforts, slowly yet definitely town is slipping ever farther in the back of the optimum.
Helward Mann is a member of the city’s elite. higher than a person, he is aware how tenuous is the city’s persevered life. however the world—he is set to discover—is infinitely stranger than the unusual international he believes he is familiar with so good.