The year is 2025.
Up above, a vast scene of grey clouds moved across the sky as a calm fall breeze could be felt in the air. From afar, the city of Hollandview stood. All around, windows were shattered with debris sitting in the streets. As quiet as it could be, no sign of life showed within this lonely city.
Three years have passed since the invasion of the creatures known as Instinctive Outside Beings (IOBs). Wiping out cities and towns, the creatures wrecked their havoc on the world while taking the lives of millions. Fighting back, the world tried to counter this new threat while they were ultimately destroyed. With militaries and countries being obliterated, the world slowly began to die while the creatures only continued to live.
Though it all seemed to be lost in the world, it wasn’t until south of the city limits of Hollandview where peaks of life could be seen in a section called Sector A. With buildings still left standing in the area and roads cleared of gravel, people dressed in rags still walked amongst each other as they talked and lived their days. With their faces filled with dirt, they all moved around the streets of the city, as some rested eating scraps of food while they watched the scene of people moving around. Even above in buildings, children and adults sat in the broken window sills as they looked up into the sky hoping sunlight would come out some time.
While most of the people resided in the streets of the sector, soldiers who guarded the city called IOB Containment Forces
or IOBCFs, stood above on the building tops, looking at one another as they carried their weapons. Waiting and watching
for anything to come.
Wearing a navy blue jacket uniform and a black vest with the logo of a fist and a ribbon, these containment forces were the only defenses against any threats to Sector A as they only consisted of 800 soldiers, put in charge of defending over the 4,000 civilians that reside in the city.
Outside Sector A, nothing but abandoned highways could be seen. Full of abandon cars and garbage, a clear scene of woodland terrain covered the outside of the city. Going on for miles, nothing could be seen. No town, no cities. No roads.
It was there though, where a man named Clay could be seen.
Things are not okay.
In the aftermath of Amandine’s latest betrayal, October “Toby” Daye’s fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can’t sleep, Sylvester doesn’t want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. She needs a quest.
What she doesn’t need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. What she doesn’t need is to be accused of kidnapping her own child by her ex-boyfriend and his new wife, who seems to be harboring secrets of her own. There’s no question of whether she’ll take the case. The only question is whether she’s emotionally prepared to survive it.
Signs of Faerie’s involvement are everywhere, and it’s going to take all Toby’s nerve and all her allies to get her through this web of old secrets, older hatreds, and new deceits. If she can’t find Gillian before time runs out, her own child will pay the price.
Two questions remain: Who in Faerie remembered Gillian existed? And what do they stand to gain?
No matter how this ends, Toby’s life will never be the same.
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I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley for an honest review.
I love Seanan McGuire’s writing. She brings the words to life. It is like I am actually there, and sharing in the adventure with them. Toby’s relationship has been strained after what her mother, Amandine, did to Tybalt. She hasn’t seen him in a while, for he has withdrawn to the Court of Cats. Now just as we think she has a chance catch her breath and process everything that has happened, her ex-husband is at her door telling her that her daughter Gillian is missing from College. I swear, Toby cannot catch a break. It is like she is a magnet for trouble. This was a great book to read, and cannot wait to read the next installment. I give Night and Silence (October Daye) 5/5 stars.