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Written by: Veronica Roth
Narrated by: Dion Graham,January LaVoy
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Publisher's Summary

In this gripping and atmospheric reimagining of Antigone, #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth reaches back to the root of legend and delivers a world of tomorrow both timeless and unexpected.

“I’m cursed, haven’t you heard?”

Outside the last city on Earth, the planet is a wasteland. Without the Archive, where the genes of the dead are stored, humanity will end.

Antigone’s parents–Oedipus and Jocasta–are dead. Passing into the Archive should be cause for celebration, but with her militant uncle Kreon rising to claim her father's vacant throne, all Antigone feels is rage.

When he welcomes her and her siblings into his mansion, Antigone sees it for what it really is: a gilded cage, where she is a captive as well as a guest.

But her uncle will soon learn that no cage is unbreakable. And neither is he.

“Roth is a masterful conjurer, summoning both classic myth and visceral dystopia to weave a breathtaking tale of love, avarice, and the timeless desire for revenge.”—Ryka Aoki, bestselling author of Light From Uncommon Stars

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books.

©2023 Veronica Roth (P)2023 Macmillan Audio

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  • 2023-04-01

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  • Harry
  • 2023-03-04

Living in desperate times

This is a dystopian novel with important differences. The focus is on the interpersonal relationships of Antigone and her family, particularly the dictator, Creon. Every character is well-motivated, including Creon, who is the villain of the piece. The use of classical Greek characters as the main protagonists is a clever idea. Because we already know their history, the story can be relatively compressed with the background material, filled in by a prior knowledge. The whole thing works better than what you might expect.