Al Hess

World Running Down -- Al Hess, Paperback

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A transgender salvager on the outskirts of a dystopian Utah gets the chance to earn the ultimate score and maybe even a dash of romance. But there's no such thing as a free lunch...
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Valentine Weis is a salvager in the future wastelands of Utah. Wrestling with body dysphoria, he dreams of earning enough money to afford citizenship in Salt Lake City - a utopia where the testosterone and surgery he needs to transition is free, the food is plentiful, and folk are much less likely to be shot full of arrows by salt pirates. But earning that kind of money is a pipe dream, until he meets the exceptionally handsome Osric.

Once a powerful AI in Salt Lake City, Osric has been forced into an android body against his will and sent into the wasteland to offer Valentine a job on behalf of his new employer - an escort service seeking to retrieve their stolen androids. The reward is a visa into the city, and a chance at the life Valentine's always dreamed of. But as they attempt to recover the "merchandise", they encounter a problem: the android ladies are becoming self-aware, and have no interest in returning to their old lives.

The prize is tempting, but carrying out the job would go against everything Valentine stands for, and would threaten the fragile found family that's kept him alive so far. He'll need to decide whether to risk his own dream in order to give the AI a chance to live theirs.

Author: Al Hess
Publisher: Angry Robot
Published: 02/14/2023
Pages: 312
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.20w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9781915202239

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 12/01/2022 pg. 86
Publishers Weekly 12/05/2022
Booklist 01/01/2023 pg. 48

Product Tags:

Al Hess, Angry Robot, Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Fiction, Fiction - General, LGBTQ+, Paperback, Romance, Science Fiction, Transgender, Utah

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