By Karin Tidbeck
A surreal dystopian world shaped and destroyed by language a la Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. Le Guin.
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Vanja, an information assistant, is sent from her home city of Essre to the austere, wintry colony of Amatka with an assignment to collect intelligence for the government. Immediately she feels that something strange is going on: people act oddly in Amatka. Citizens are monitored for signs of subversion. Objects dissolve if they are not named. Nothing is permanent.
Intending to stay just a short while, Vanja falls in love with her housemate, Nina, and prolongs her visit. But when she stumbles on evidence of a growing threat to the colony, and a cover-up by its administration, she embarks on an investigation that puts her at tremendous risk.
In Amatka, everyone is suspect, no one is safe, and nothing—not even language, nor the very fabric of reality—can be taken for granted.
Read if you: hate yourself for not labelling your food in the office fridge, and now it's gone.