By Robert Repino
After the “war with out identify” a cat murderer searches for his misplaced love in Repino’s unusual, relocating sci-fi epic that channels either Homeward Bound and A Canticle for Lebowitz.
The “war with out identify” has began, with human extinction as its target. The instigator of this warfare is the Colony, a race of clever ants who, for hundreds of thousands of years, were silently construction a military that will ceaselessly eliminate the harmful, oppressive people. lower than the Colony's watchful eye, this utopia should be freed from the people' penchant for violence, exploitation and non secular superstition. As a last step within the warfare attempt, the Colony makes use of its unusual expertise to rework the skin animals into high-functioning two-legged beings who stand up to kill their masters.
Former housecat became conflict hero, Mort(e) is legendary for taking over the most threatening missions and struggling with the feared human bio-weapon EMSAH. however the actual motivation at the back of his recklessness is his ongoing seek for a pre-transformation friend—a puppy named Sheba. whilst he gets a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he starts a trip that might take him from the remainder human strongholds to the center of the Colony, the place he'll observe the resource of EMSAH and the last word destiny of all of earth's creatures.
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