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Publisher Description

In this gripping and atmospheric reimagining of Antigone, #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth reaches back to the root of legend and delivers a world of tomorrow both timeless and unexpected.

“I’m cursed, haven’t you heard?”

Outside the last city on Earth, the planet is a wasteland. Without the Archive, where the genes of the dead are stored, humanity will end.

Antigone’s parents—Oedipus and Jocasta—are dead. Passing into the Archive should be cause for celebration, but with her militant uncle Kreon rising to claim her father's vacant throne, all Antigone feels is rage.

When he welcomes her and her siblings into his mansion, Antigone sees it for what it really is: a gilded cage, where she is a captive as well as a guest.

But her uncle will soon learn that no cage is unbreakable. And neither is he.

“Roth is a masterful conjurer, summoning both classic myth and visceral dystopia to weave a breathtaking tale of love, avarice, and the timeless desire for revenge.” Ryka Aoki, bestselling author of Light From Uncommon Stars

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196 Reviews

“A very interesting retelling of Antigone with Handmaid's Tale vibes. Set way into the future, the earth is nearly uninhabitable by what I assume was nuclear warfare. Instead of people having kids the good ol' fashioned way, everybody is genetically engineered from the "ichor" (aka genes) of people who have already lived, and then are artificially inseminated. The idea is to keep the best of humanity's genes and keep genetic diversity. But a catch: all women have to carry a child by law. Everybody gets their "ichor" collected when they die - it's seen as a right, a way of people being reborn. But when Antigone's brother is killed after betraying their uncle, his ichor is forbidden from being collected. And if you've read Antigone you can probably guess what ensues. (Hint: Greek tragedy.) I love a good reimagining of classic lit, but for the length I felt this book tried to do too much. I was really invested in the world, but everything just happens so fast. It's a book that would've been worth exploring for more pages. (Side note - I was amazed at how much I could remember about Antigone despite having read it close to 20 years ago now”

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