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Preset: A Novel (The Four Cities Series) Kindle Edition
Inception meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in this captivating prequel to the acclaimed, bestselling science fiction romance Reset by Sarina Dahlan
Can you give up a love you can’t forget?
After the Last War destroyed most of the world, survivors formed a new society in four self-sustaining cities in the Mojave Desert. To halt extinction, everything in the Four Cities is carefully predicted and carefully controlled … even love.
But how can you control love and freedom? In the engrossing prequel to Reset, Preset weaves the tales of Eleanor, the Crone, and Eli, the Planner, before and after the creation of the Four Cities. Much has changed in the world and their relationship, but there are some truths that have yet to come to light.
Fighting for change yet still loving her husband Eli, the scientist Eleanor travels to Elara, the lone city resisting fully bending to Eli’s control. There she must separate reality from lies, memories from desires, as she tries to piece together the truth about what is happening in the Four Cities.
But the gulf between love and freedom, between the past and the now, between what we remember and what we strive to become can be as vast as the break between two hearts bound together. It is here, in the dark fissure left by loss, where Eleanor discovers the true cost that has been paid to save humanity.
"Sarina Dahlan wraps moments of clarity and meaning in beautiful prose while exploring themes of love, heartbreak, and the aftermath of war. She's never afraid to ask the big questions and consider what survival costs us, as individuals, or as humans on the edge of extinction."-- "David R. Slayton, author of the Adam Binder Series"
"Preset grabs you by the heart and doesn't let go until it's wrung every emotion dry. Sarina Dahlan has a gift for weaving fresh postapocalyptic worlds that capture the imagination in the most beautiful and tragic of ways."-- "Kristy Gardner, author of The Stars in Their Eyes"
"Dahlan once again works magic with her prose...Preset is deeply emotional and deeply thoughtful. Heartwarming and heartbreaking. The characters Eleanor and Eli, and so many of the side characters, will live with you long after you have finished their story."-- "S. L. Choi, author of the Blood Fae Druid series"
"What risks will we take to hold on to each other and ourselves, this elegant and ethereal novel asks. Through her sage storytelling, Sarina Dahlan richly weaves philosophy, science, and dystopia through the complexities of the human psyche, relationships, and the desire to protect what we hold dearest. This dazzling prequel clutches its secrets tightly as seeds in the palm, cleverly scattering them for us enchanted readers to follow until the novel's bittersweet end, which, of course, is only the beginning. Preset offers a trenchant meditation on what we both lose and gain when we choose to remember."-- "Jennifer Givhan, author of River Woman, River Demon"
"A collision of our era's catastrophes fuses a new world, becoming something rich and strange."-- "Kim Stanley Robinson, Hugo Award-winning novelist"
"Intricate, imaginative, and often surprising, Preset propels you through a future of warning, danger, and possibilities."-- "David Brin, New York Times bestselling author" --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B0BP9PPK1X
- Publisher : Blackstone Publishing (May 23 2023)
- Language : English
- File size : 5368 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 369 pages
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I've said it before and it remains truer now than ever: Sarina Dahlan is an author that defies definition. To call her Sci-Fi is an insult to the truth she speaks about the human condition. To call her Fantasy is an insult to the reality that she can absolutely rip your heart out of your chest and the tears from your eyes. To call her Fiction is to ignore the fact that every one of her characters exists within every one of us.
The Four Cities post war identity unfolds page after page as we learn the story of the doomed lovers that created it. From idealistic young newly-weds to adversaries on humanity's preservation. Dahlan's characters teach us deep truths about what people will do to survive and thrive through the harshest of circumstances, even going so far as to wage asymmetric warfare in a battleground that is not as it seems.
"Preset" is a masterclass in misdirection as an intricate web unravels revealing the devastating truth
Dahlan points out: We are more likely to question the laws of physics than our own perceptions of reality