The world has a story to tell — it’s encoded in the atmosphere. It’s a story of love, struggles, and deep friendships. Except something is going wrong — the story is all mixed up. The names, locations, and people in the story are shifting around.

“To Elysium. To the world above the sky. It’s time to update the atmospheric encoding system.”

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Piece together the story as it’s played back — it may just be the most important story humanity has to tell.

Why is this on our bookshelf?

A program written into the atmosphere by a doomed civilization and corrupted upon playback. It’s almost like a holodeck story gone awry. Elysium is nominated for the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award and is an outstanding example of diversity in science fiction and literature.

Rating (4 stars)

Brissett has written an incredibly diverse science fiction novel. Although it proved a challenge to keep track of characters as they shifted between contexts (and genders, lovers, timeframes, and identities) the result was worth it.

This is a mind-bending novel, best approached with an open mind.