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The Fallen

by: Ada Hoffmann


From the immersive and intoxicating world of The Outside, comes the exhilarating sequel from Rhysling Award-nominated author, Ada Hoffmann.

File Under: Science Fiction [ More False Gods | Inside Out | Freedom Fighters | Angels or Demons ]


The laws of physics acting on the planet of Jai have been forever upended; its surface completed altered, and its inhabitants permanently changed. The artificially intelligent Gods that ruled the galaxy, fearing heresy and chaos, have become the planet’s jailers. Tiv Hunt once trusted these Gods absolutely, but now her world has changed and her allegiance has shifted.
Now Tiv spends her days helping the last remaining survivors of Jai. Everyone is fighting for their freedom against unthinkable odds, and they call out for drastic action from their saviour, Yasira. But she has become deeply ill, debilitated by her Outside exposure, and she struggles to keep breathing let alone lead a revolution.
Hunted by the Gods, and Akavi, the disgraced angel, Yasira and Tiv them must delve further than ever before into the maddening mysteries of their fractured planet in order to save – or perhaps destroy – their fading world.
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ADA HOFFMANN is a Canadian graduate student trying to teach computers to write poetry. Their acclaimed speculative short stories and poems have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov's, Uncanny, and two year's best anthologies. Ada was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at 13, and is passionate about autistic self-advocacy. They are a former semi-professional soprano, a tabletop gamer and an active LARPer. They live in southern Ontario with a very polite black cat.

“Fast-paced adventure and intricate double-crosses sweep through Hoffmann’s magnificent sequel to The Outside… This eerie, beautiful vision of collective action draws equally from Warhammer 40,000; cosmic horror; and the work of Becky Chambers to create a unique, nuanced must-read.”
– Publishers Weekly, starred review

“I thoroughly recommend The Fallen.  It is filled with crisp, precise prose, a compelling and timely story, and believable characters dealing with the inexplicable, horrifying circumstances in which they find themselves.  Stunning, strange and unsettling, The Fallen delves deep into the question of how to deal with unknowable horrors; how to help people who need your aid when it seems that every option will lead to harm; how to save the world when you are not even sure you can save yourself.”
 –  Hester J. Rook, editor of Twisted Moon

“The forces of chaos have been set loose – but what comes next? The Fallen explores solidarity and cooperation in extreme situations with thoughtfulness and poise, weaving together a breathtaking array of themes from cosmic horror to superpowers. Ada Hoffmann’s second novel brings action, excitement, and kindness surfacing in the strangest places. It warmed my tentacular heart!”
– Bogi TakácsHugo and Lambda Award-winning author and editor

“In The Fallen, the effects of everything that happened in The Outside are playing out as various people struggle with where they should go next, and how they should support one another. The worldbuilding continues fascinating and compelling. The Fallen is a complex, nuanced book which engages thoughtfully with the costs, consequences, and decisions around resistance and rebuilding.”
– Juliet Kempauthor of The Deep and Shining Dark

“After the shattering events of The Outside, The Fallen takes a look at what it means for something to be truly changed. Splintered and fragmented. The characters have been fundamentally altered, and the novel does a beautiful job of showing how and, more importantly, what the characters are going to do about it. To reveal that they aren’t the broken ones, but rather need to tear down the old rules, the old limitations, to create something that might finally be just. It’s a complex and intricately woven tale of people finding and building community and being vulnerable to the right people in order to be unstoppable together. A sweeping sequel that builds on the first book and leaves me hungry for more!”
– Charles PayseurHugo-nominated author of Quick Sip Reviews

The Fallen is a novel that is interested in the nature of resistance to hegemony, in community, in connections between people. It asks questions about the need for violence in resisting violence, about the problems of power, about truth and lies, history and propaganda… Roll on the next sequel!”
– Locus

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