Complete gut-punch-powerful ending that reminded me of the experience of walking away from the big reveal in Ender’s Game.
Four hundred years ago, the water was still blue.
Four hundred years ago, no one had heard of Sundered Ones or the telepathic “claim” that enslaves them.
Four hundred years ago, humans ruled the Earth. Now, the Earth drowns in black water that kills if touched, and humanity limps into its final hour.
In a small boat, Harry searches for the Hope of Humanity, a machine that–according to legend–can save his people. Instead, he finds Aakesh: the most beautiful and terrifying Sundered One he’s ever seen. Claiming is Harry’s natural response–
But mastery of this Sundered One comes at a price.