In stock

(2 reviews) Write a Review

Other Editions and Formats

Product Details

Product Code:
0.88 (in)
Size (HxW):
8 x 5.25 (in)
Publication date:
June 06, 2023
13.28 oz
All Categories

Product Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

“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


(2 reviews) Write a Review

2 Reviews Hide Reviews Show Reviews

  • 4
    Good for older teens, Brave New World/1984 plus Catholic dimension

    Posted by Pamela H. on Dec 27th 2023

    An engaging, interesting read. Lots of new information revealed bit by bit - world-building explored gradually and realistically. Dynamic, thoughtfully flawed characters and a few exciting plot twists. I was impressed by the depth in which it explored implications of modern ideas on society/technology; such as the constriction of gendered language, surveillance and criminal justice, a special emphasis on genetics. Definitely combined best of 1984 and Brave New World with a Catholic dimension, while not being too preachy/obvious. Forced me to think about my own morals of how much we should be willing to sacrifice to “improve” society. Naturally focuses on reproduction/sexual relations but might be inappropriate for younger teens. Depends on one’s opinion, I guess. I have felt like most recent dystopia has been pretty hackneyed/overdone, but really appreciated this take on Brave New World/1984 themes. Definitely an entertaining and worthwhile read!

  • 5
    The Strange is Truer than Reality

    Posted by Brian Walsh on Oct 31st 2023

    A well written book and an imaginative glimpse into a future where the leftovers live in reality, have dirt under their nails and God in their hearts while the masses live a highly curated life in a mega-city, surrounded by people but shorn of relationships. I read this book in less than two days. The only downside is that it seemed to portray the....ahem...traditionalists as highly insular and backwards. The protagonists are a convert and an inside-outsider. In part it makes sense: it would take an insider to bring down the tyranny but that doesn't mean that those deeply rooted in tradition need be "rubes" or something like the Amish. One would hope that the beauty and truth of the faith would not end with Benedictine communities seemingly distrusting grace and God's action and instead relying overly on themselves. In the end, the book is thought provoking, in places thrilling, at times disappointing (with the characters, not the writing) and, in summary, engrossing.