The World Gives WayMarissa Levien
In a near-future world on the brink of collapse, a young woman born into servitude must seize her own freedom in this glittering debut with a brilliant twist - perfect for fans of Station Eleven, Karen Thompson Walker, and Naomi Alderman.
In fifty years, Myrra will be free.
Until then, she's a contract worker. Ever since she was five, her life and labor have belonged to the highest bidder on her contract - butchers, laundries, and now the powerful, secretive Carlyles.
But when one night finds the Carlyles dead, Myrra is suddenly free a lot sooner than she anticipated - and at a cost she never could have imagined. Burdened with the Carlyles' orphaned daughter and the terrible secret they died to escape, she runs. With time running out, Myrra must come face to face with the truth about her world - and embrace what's left before it's too late.
A sweeping novel with a darkly glimmering heart, The World Gives Way is an unforgettable portrait of a world in freefall, and the fierce drive to live even at the end of it all.
Genres: science fiction
Total ratings: 2
Marissa Levien is a writer and artist who hails from Washington State, but now lives in New York with a kindly journalist and their two cats. Her writing and illustrations have been published in Slice, The Toast, Literary Manhattan, Storychord, Sundog Lit, and Pure Coincidence. She also regularly contributes her literary wiles to the Greenwich Village Literary Pubcrawl.