Author: Max Gladstone
American Gods meets The Dark Tower in Last Exit, a dark, contemporary fantasy of the open road, alternate realities, and self-discovery, from a Locus Award-nominated and Hugo and Nebula Award-winning writer Max Gladstone.
Ten years ago, Zelda led a band of merry adventurers whose knacks let them travel to alternate realities and battle the black rot that threatened to unmake each world. Zelda was the warrior; Ish could locate people anywhere; Ramon always knew what path to take; Sarah could turn catastrophe aside. Keeping them all connected: Sal, Zelda’s lover and the group's heart.
Until their final, failed mission, when Sal was lost. When they all fell apart.
Ten years on, Ish, Ramon, and Sarah are happy and successful. Zelda is alone, always traveling, destroying rot throughout the US.
When it boils through the crack in the Liberty Bell, the rot gives Zelda proof that Sal is alive, trapped somewhere in the alts.
Zelda’s getting the band back together—plus Sal’s young cousin June, who has a knack none of them have ever seen before.
As relationships rekindle, the friends begin to believe they can find Sal and heal all the worlds. It’s not going to be easy, but they’ve faced worse before.
But things have changed, out there in the alts. And in everyone's hearts.
Fresh from winning the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Max Gladstone weaves elements of American myth—the muscle car, the open road, the white-hatted cowboy—into a deeply emotional tale where his characters must find their own truths if they are to survive.
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“Last Exit is Max Gladstone’s best work yet, a novel carved by hand out of salt and rock and bone, a road broken clean through a dying country’s heart. This is what the Great American Novel wishes it could be: honest, furious, in love.”—Amal El-Mohtar, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author
“How far would you go to save the world? Max Gladstone’s Last Exit answers resoundingly with an epic homage and powerful challenge to modern fantasy. What a stunning ride!”—Fran Wilde, two-time Nebula Award winning author of Updraft and the Gemworld series
“It's strange and wondrous and chilling and creepy and beautiful all at once. A book fit for our end-of-times times.”—Rebecca Roanhorse, New York Times bestselling author