Idols by Maragret Stohl releases tomorrow but get a sneak peek with this excerpt.
Tributes in the form of flowers occupy pots and baskets and bags of every shape and size in front of the portrait. It’s a shrine, I think. A political shrine.
Offerings to fear.
His face is broad and flat, his hair neatly kept. Thin wire glasses. Aside from that, he looks somewhat unremarkable. For a man who holds the fate of an entire planet in his hands.
But it’s the sound blasting over the speakers that really makes the impression. At first I don’t understand the Colonial dialect – which sounds a little like Chinese, at least the Chinese they speak in the Hole – but then the message repeats in English.
“Today we welcome a new community of workers to our glorious SEA Colonies, to bring honor to the House of Lords and the Embassies, as we complete the most important project of our storied reign.”
It’s the GAP, I think. He’s talking about himself. The coldness of his voice makes sense now, and it’s hard to even look at the loudspeakers. I wonder what it would be like to have to look into GAP Miyazawa’s actual face.
I hope I never find out.
“The SEA Projects cannot be completed without sacrifice from our human populations. We thank our laborers for their hard work on behalf of Earth. Workers, we solute you! All are invited to join us in celebrating our newfound Era of Improvement on Unification Day, in just a week now. Feasting and fireworks will be provided by Embassies all around the world, in honor of the anniversary of the day the House of Lords came to save our failing planet. Long live The Day! Long Live Our Lords!”
An abrupt chorus of children singing interrupts the message.
Fortis raises a brow. “And now you can’t say you never meet the GAP. Charming fellow, don’t you think?”
“Unification Day? What was that garbage?” I shake my head as the singing dies out.
Fortis sighs. “That, my friends, is called politics.”
About the Book
The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us. Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon’s power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated – and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol’s dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives — and stop one heart forever.
In this riveting sequel to Icons, filled with nonstop action and compelling romance, bestselling author Margaret Stohl explores what it means to be human and how our greatest weakness can be humanity’s strongest chance at survival.
About Margaret Stohl
Margaret Stohl is a lifelong science fiction fan, former video game designer, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series, and author of Icons. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.
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