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  • Published: 31 July 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448171019
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

The Hive Construct




Winner of the Terry Pratchett Prize, a dark yet dazzlingly imaginative science fiction thriller by a furiously talented new young writer.

Situated deep in the Sahara Desert, New Cairo is a city built on technology – from the huge, life-giving solar panels that keep it functioning in a radically changed, resource-scarce world to the artificial implants that have become the answer to all and any of mankind's medical problems.

But it is also a divided city, dominated by a handful of omnipotent corporate dynasties.

And when a devastating new computer virus begins to spread through the poorest districts, shutting down the life-giving implants that enable so many to survive, the city begins to slide into the anarchy of violent class struggle.

Hiding amidst the chaos is Zala Ulora. A gifted hacker and fugitive from justice, she believes she might be able to earn her life back by tracing the virus to its source and destroying it before it destroys the city. Or before the city destroys itself . . .

With its vivid characters, bold ideas and explosive action, The Hive is science fiction at its most exciting, inventive and accessible.

  • Pub date: 31 July 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448171019
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

Alexander Maskill

Alex Maskill was born in Watford, and grew up both there and in Eastbourne, East Sussex. He's has just completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Leicester and now has a degree in Politics. He hopes to follow this with an MSc in Computer Science.
The Hive Construct is his first novel and won the 2013 Terry Pratchett Prize.


Praise for The Hive Construct

“Here’s a talented young writer who not only knows how to tell an exciting story, but a richly rewarding story full of ideas.”

SIR TERRY PRATCHETT

“Here’s a talented young writer who not only knows how to tell an exciting story, but a richly rewarding story full of ideas.”

SIR TERRY PRATCHETT

“‘Debut author Alexander Maskill . . . ratchets up the tension in fine fashion . . . a genuinely promising debut.”

Jonathan Wright, SFX magazine

“‘Debut author Alexander Maskill . . . ratchets up the tension in fine fashion . . . a genuinely promising debut.”

Jonathan Wright, SFX magazine


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