An interesting concept; eight hundred years have passed since the scientific IT revolution collapsed in about 2025.
With the world, then, so over-populated that when electricity and IT failed, thousands starved and millions from the cities overwhelmed the countryside in search of food, stealing it from the farms and each other, resulting in the decimation of civilization and the death of most of the world’s populace. Most of that is left to our imagination, and quite why the electrical power failed, is never clarified.
In rural England a young priest is sent by his bishop to bury the elderly priest there, only to discover the man was digging out ancient artifacts from the age of disaster, which is forbidden by the Church which is as all-powerful in these second Dark Ages as it was in the first. The priest’s discoveries and adventures rock his very foundations. Heresy rears up to challenge him and his vow of chastity is shattered.
However, while the writing is up to this brilliant author’s usually great standard, I found the story slow and tedious. The conclusion as well was, for me, unsatisfactory. The characters are interesting but somehow not entirely convincing.
Thank you to Penguin Random House – SA for this ARC. Herewith an honest review.