In a post-apocalyptic world, a young prospector named Ross has stolen a potentially invaluable artifact: a book. In the town of Las Anclas, he finds something he’s never had: a home. He befriends several other teenagers and falls in love. The story is filled with diverse characters and homosexuality is visibly accepted. Racism restricts itself to comments directed at the Changed, people with special abilities such as Jennie’s telepathy.
Many generations ago, a mysterious cataclysm struck the world. Governments collapsed and people scattered, to rebuild where they could. A mutation, “the Change,” arose, granting some people unique powers. Though the area once called Los Angeles retains its cultural diversity, its technological marvels have faded into legend. “Las Anclas” now resembles a Wild West frontier town… where the Sheriff possesses superhuman strength, the doctor can warp time to heal his patients, and the distant ruins of an ancient city bristle with deadly crystalline trees that take their jewel-like colors from the clothes of the people they killed.
Teenage prospector Ross Juarez’s best find ever – an ancient book he doesn’t know how to read – nearly costs him his life when a bounty hunter is set on him to kill him and steal the book. Ross barely makes it to Las Anclas, bringing with him a precious artifact, a power no one has ever had before, and a whole lot of trouble.
Genre: Science fiction, fantasy
Cis girls: Mia, Jennie, Felicité, Brisa, Becky
Cis boys: Ross, Yuki, Indra
Lesbian: Brisa, Becky
Heterosexual: Ross, Jennie, Indra, Felicité
Homoromantic: Yuki, Brisa, Becky
Heteroromantic: Ross, Jennie, Indra, Felicité
Ross has PTSD and has lost some of the mobility in his right hand. He also never learned to read as a child.
Additional Notes: Throughout the story a polyamorous relationship starts to develop.