The Announcer calls my name, but she does not speak to me. This macabre spectacle has nothing to do with me. And everything to do with them. This is all for the thousands below - the compliant citizens of Otpor, the witnesses to my Execution, the silent and transfixed. This is their moment. Their reconditioning.
In a future post-apocalyptic Paris, a rebellion threatens to upset the city's perfectly-structured balance and plunge its citizens into anarchy.
Two generations after the Execution of Kane 148 and Otpor's return to Orthodoxy, forbidden murals are appearing on crumbling concrete walls - calling citizens to action. Calling for Resistance.
The murals will change the utopian lives of all citizens. But, for Anaiya 234, they will change who she is.
A Peacekeeper of the uncompromising Fire Element, Anaiya free-runs through city's precincts to enforce the Orthodoxy without hesitation or mercy. Her selection for a high-risk mission gives Otpor's Cooperative the chance it needs to eliminate the Heterodoxy and Anaiya the opportunity she craves to erase a shameful past.
But the mission demands an impossible sacrifice - her identity.
With this accomplished debut offering, Kopievsky presents a dark dystopian tale with complex characters, exquisite world-building and high tension. Divided Elements (Book 1) - Resistance is a welcomed addition to the intelligent speculative fiction tradition of Philip K. Dick, Margaret Atwood and Rupert Thomson.