As the alien Authority’s invasion begins, mankind stands on the brink of annihilation. Cassius Stevenson and his brother Jesse Fisher - descendants of the planet Haven’s resistance forces - must forge alliances with the embittered factions on Earth to defend against the brutal attack. But the Authority has only begun to fight. When their terrible new weapon sends Earth’s fragile coalition into turmoil, humanity’s last chance at survival lies in the hands of the two brothers, whose fates are linked more closely than they ever imagined.
Pearlbreaker Jesse Fisher is on a mission to free as many Drifters as he can - ignoring the direct orders of Captain Alkine. When a mysterious red pearl sets Jesse free from the Skyship brig, he uses it as an opportunity to rescue Cassius from Theo, Madame’s newest protégé. With Skyship agents in hot pursuit, Cassius and Jesse learn they are the children of Haven rebels, sent to Earth to continue the battle against Haven’s totalitarian regime. Outnumbered, their only hope for survival rests on an uneasy alliance with Madame and their other Earth-bound enemies.
A devastated Earth's last hope is found in Pearls: small, mysterious orbs that fall from space and are capable of supplying enough energy to power entire cities. Battling to control the Pearls are the Skyship dwellers -political dissidents who live in massive ships in the Earth's stratosphere - and the corrupt Surface government.
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"Six More Months", by George Packer; "Afterlife", by Christopher Heaney; "Invisible Hand, Greased Palm", by James Surowiecki; "Here’s Looking at You", by Nick Paumgarten; "The Climate Fixers", by Michael Specter; and "Double Lives", by Anthony Lane.
"Satanic Reverses", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "A New Max", by Reeves Wiedeman; "Linjustice", by James Surowiecki; "Magic Mountain", by Nick Paumgarten; "Kin and Kind", by Jonah Lehrer; and "Born Free", by David Denby.
"Shootings" by Adam Gopnik; "Pinch-Hitters" by Nick Paumgarten; "It's the Workforce, Stupid!" by James Surowiecki; "The Impersonator" by John Lahr; "Four Short Crushes" by Paul Simms; "The Way We Age Now" by Atul Gawande; and "Magnum Farce" by Anthony Lane.
"Ozone Man" by David Remnick; "Shows About Shows" by Tad Friend; "The Payola Game" by James Surowiecki; "High and Low" by Anthony Lane; "The Lonely Planet Guide to My Apartment" by Jonathan Stern; "Getting There" by Nick Paumgarten; and "Game Playing" by Anthony Lane.
There are eight articles in this edition: "Love and Politics", by Adam Gopnik, "The King of Reading", by Nick Paumgarten, "Splitting Threads", by Lauren Collins, "The Tata Invasion", by James Surowiecki, "The Choice", by George Packer, "Last Session", by John Kenney, "Buying a Cure", by Jerome Groopman, and "Monstrous Times", by Anthony Lane.