Out of the collapse of Old America rises Lantua, a glittering thousand-mile metropolis where drones patrol the sky and AI algorithms reward social behavior. The most compliant citizens enjoy the greatest privileges, the poorest struggle to rise up the echelon system, and criminals are subjected to brain modification. Birthing and genetic quality are controlled through mass embryonic selection, with fetuses grown outside the body in artificial wombs—a technology known as exogenesis.
But rebellion is brewing.
Lantua struggles to control the Benedites, a rural religious people who refuse to obey one-child regulations. Each February, Field Commander Maelin Kivela oversees the forced sterilization of Benedite teenagers, a duty she carries out with unflinching zeal—but this year comes with a shock. After escaping an ambush by insurgents, Maelin returns to the city to choose one of over three hundred embryos to be her child, only to come face to face with a secret that will tear her life apart and alter the course of her civilization.
“The finest dystopian novel I have read in years. A futuristic nightmare that feels all too credible. Peco Gaskovski’s novel is a worthy successor to Huxley’s Brave New World with an added ingredient missing from most dystopian novels—hope.”
—Fiorella de Maria, Author, Father Gabriel Mystery series
“Exogenesis is a deceptively gentle and even tender dystopia, like an iron fist in a velvet glove. Gaskovski projects likely technological and relational developments, and also shows how these developments destroy essential elements of human life. Exogenesis is a good read and a warning.”
—Ellis Potter, Author, 3 Theories of Everything
“Gaskovski’s dystopian vision is so clear and his characters so richly fashioned that the story takes over, and one is drawn into a disturbingly Orwellian world of sterile bureaucracy and newspeak.”
—Augustine Wetta, O.S.B., Author, The Eighth Arrow: Odysseus in the Underworld
“In this gripping story, Gaskovski presents an emotionally loaded picture of oppressive governmental tyranny, social conditioning, psychological manipulation, and the dark zenith of reproductive technology—and, at its heart, the perduring jeopardy of human souls in a fallen world.”
—Eleanor Nicholson, Author, A Bloody Habit: A Novel
“Part 1984, part Brave New World, Peco Gaskovski's dystopia nonetheless glimmers with hope: Blade Runner meets The Benedict Option. A vivid read.”
—David Pinault, Author, Providence Blue: A Fantasy Quest