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The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
The Gone-Away World is set in a dystopian future where humans struggle for survival along the Jorgmund Pipe, which straddles the world pumping out a substance that makes the land for a few miles alongside it the only place habitable for mankind. The unnamed narrator is one of the truckers sent to put out a fire along the pipeline, and he tells of the unforeseen consequences of the Go Away Bomb let loose during a world war. He also tells of his best friend, Gonzo, an ex-military hero who is leading the group that will put out the fire. Any straying from the pipeline leads to a world where real monsters live. This debut novel from Nick Harkaway (son of John le Carre) has received positive reviews with The Independent saying, "This is only a hint of what The Gone-Away World is about. There are profound meditations on war, commercialism and the nature of humanity, and there are also hugely entertaining passages featuring pirate monks, ninjas, mime artists, ridiculous military escapades and much more. It should be made clear that it is also very often arse-kickingly funny. Throw in some perfectly plotted revelations, an unforgettable finale and a life-affirming and thought-provoking denouement, and you've got a tale which will live long in the memory, and a writer destined for great things, famous dad or not."