Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Origins: From Publisher for Review
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Synopsis: Our world is no longer our own. We engineered a race of superior fighters -- the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but destroyed us. In Sanctuary, some of us survive. Eking out our existence. Clinging to the past.
Some of us intend to do more than survive.
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Asha and Pax -- strangers and enemies -- find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.
Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity’s most valuable resource -- information -- viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society.
Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.
Neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.
With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other's secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.
Review: Human beings have all but been wiped out, except for Sanctuary and a few pockets of survivors. Our own creations, the Manti, attacked and decimated the human population. For twenty-five years, the humans have worked to rebuild and in Sanctuary, simply existing and cataloguing the past are the main goals. For some, existing is not enough – they want to live and thrive. Asha is a human Archivist who catalogues information to help rebuild human society. Pax is a Manti, one of the enemies who keep watch of humanity and deal with rogues. Thrown together for unknown reasons, Asha and Pax must learn to work together to figure out the truth…and whose side they’re each really on.
THE OPHELIA PROPHECY is told in two voices – Asha’s & Pax’s. Ms. Fisher’s world-building is fantastic and the myriad Manti variations were amazing (and scary!!). I loved how Pax’s ship was sentient and I enjoyed her distinct personality. With too many secrets and the future of two civilizations at stake, Asha and Pax must learn to cooperate. Along the way, there is a potential romance. I loved the characters and how Ms. Fisher made them each distinct, no matter how big or small their role. Once again, Ms. Fisher is on top of her game with THE OPHELIA PROPHECY!