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The Caryatids by Bruce Sterling
Review by Harriet Klausner
Del Rey Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345460622
Date: 24 February 2009 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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After decades of ignoring the symptoms, by 2060 earth's environment collapses; with the breakdown, the economies tank and nations ceased to exist. In place of the countries of the world, there are three still competing enterprises. From Los Angeles is the Dispensation based on the union of money, entertainment and high tech. The Acquis still hopes to build a Green utopia, but their dreams are diminishing as the planet continues its spiral towards death. The last entity is China, the only country to survive the total world-wide cave in of governments; they endure by using and abusing its greatest resource--its gigantic population.

From official release/information:

From publicity material: The Caryatids looks at the near future and forecasts not just problems, but incredible solutions using technology currently under development. The caryatids are three identical clone sisters: Vera, a pollution expert who's dealing with worldwide cleanup efforts; Mila, media star extraordinaire and member of the most powerful family-firm in southern California; and Sonja, a medical specialist stationed deep within China's Gobi Desert. All three have the brains and the talents desperately needed to save a world suffering from global warming, runaway pollution, and uncontrolled political maneuvering. Too bad their explosive family history has left htem hating each other...

(Source: Del Rey)

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