***2018 NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL SCI FI WINNER! ****
The world you know is dead. We did this to ourselves.
The epidemic struck at the end of the Third World War. Fighting over oil, power, and religion, governments ignored the rise of an antibacterial-resistant plague. In just five years, the Earth was annihilated. Only one city survived—Etyom—a frozen hellhole in northern Siberia, engulfed in endless conflict.
The years is 2251.
Two groups emerged from the ashes of the old world. Within the walled city of Lower Etyom dwell the Robusts—descendants of the poor who were immune to the New Black Death. Above them, in a metropolis of pristine platforms called lillipads, live the Graciles—the progeny of the superrich, bio-engineered to resist the plague.
Mila Solokoff is a Robust who trades information in a world where knowing too much can get you killed. Caught in a deal gone bad, she's forced to take a high-risk job for a clandestine organization hell-bent on revolution.
Demitri Stasevich is a Gracile with a dark secret—a sickness that, if discovered, will get him Ax'd. His only relief is an illegal narcotic produced by the Robusts, and his only means of obtaining it is a journey to the arctic hell far below New Etyom.
Thrust together in the midst of a sinister plot that threatens all life above and below the cloud line, Mila and Demitri must master their demons and make a choice—one that will either salvage what's left of the human race or doom it to extinction …
Gareth was born in Plymouth, in the United Kingdom. Following a turbulent start to life, he managed to obtain a bachelor's degree in marine biology and a doctoral degree in comparative endocrinology—all the while, writing fiction for the sheer joy of it.
His love of science and writing kick-started a career as a medical writer for the pharmaceutical industry. After 10 years in the business, living in various countries, he is now a strategic consultant to pharma companies. Formerly residing in Singapore Gareth is now based in Switzerland with his wife Dominica, their son Nikolaj.
Despite his heavy workload, Gareth believes in making every second on Earth count. With this ethos, he continues to pursue his love of writing as well as an array of interests including: music (he taught himself to play guitar); martial arts (he practices Muay Thai with world-champion Thai fighters); ancient history (he travels to the old world to explore olden ruins); and tattoos (ask and he might show you).
Gareth is currently writing a fictional thriller that draws on scientific fact, ancient myths, and a dose of creativity to re-imagine the development of the human race.