Devolution is 4 of 7 in The Joypolis Series.
OFJ’s attack upon Zuriko forces Moran to abandon his plans for a coronation. Undeterred, he declares himself king and issues his first decree – the number of 845s patrolling the streets will be doubled to stamp out acts of terrorism.
But behind the public face, it’s not OFJ that Moran fears the most. It’s his inner circle. Ever since his younger son attempted to kill him, he dreads others, equally close to his person, may try to do the same. When Security inform him that a Joypolitan has been caught trying to hack into Sapor’s command structure, he’s shaken to the core. He orders all suspects, including Prince Eran, to be rounded up and brought to the Court. Against this rising tide of resistance, he also broods on the fate of his wife. Is she dead? Or did she survive?
Not only did she survive, she is leading a group of East Peakers to confront him with his wickedness. But as they skirt the Greylands, they are seen by Goro who has no intention of letting them pass unscathed.
In Crater City, an insignificant struggle between two street gangs is about to spiral out of control and set in motion a chain of events that draws the Jinzaru’s mother into its vortex. The backlash will send shock waves through the High Council and leave Gregor struggling to contain the fall-out.
Four worlds – the narrow, religious theocracy of Crater City; the modern, once liberal Joypolis, now crushed beneath a tyrant’s rule; the stone-age tribe of Skullgates; and the remnants of East Peak’s feudal society – are on a collision course. Not all will survive. And those that do may career out of control down unknown paths. Devolution awaits.