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A mysterious murder in a dystopian future leads a novice investigator to question what she’s learned about the foundation of her population-controlled society.

Decades after economic and environmental collapse destroys much of civilization in the United States, the Coast Road region isn’t just surviving but thriving by some accounts, building something new on the ruins of what came before. A culture of population control has developed in which people, organized into households, must earn the children they bear by proving they can take care of them and are awarded symbolic banners to demonstrate this privilege. In the meantime, birth control is mandatory.  Enid of Haven is an Investigator, called on to mediate disputes and examine transgressions against the community. She’s young for the job and hasn't yet handled a serious case. Now, though, a suspicious death requires her attention. The victim was an outcast, but might someone have taken dislike a step further and murdered him?  In a world defined by the disasters that happened a century before, the past is always present. But this investigation may reveal the cracks in Enid’s world and make her question what she really stands for.

Title:Bannerless
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0544947304
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Number of Pages:274 pages
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  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?

    3.75 stars for this SF post-apocalyptic novel. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:In Bannerless (2017), Carrie Vaughn ― perhaps best known for her KITTY NORVILLE urban fantasy series i...

  • Gary

    3.5 starsBannerless is a post-apocalyptic murder mystery that works well as a post-apocalypse, somewhat less so as a murder mystery. Carrie Vaughn’s strengths as a writer – her powerful visuals, c...

  • Bandit

    I've read Vaughn's Golden Age novels, to mixed results, but enough to merit interest in her new book. Bannerless is a stand alone (thus far anyway, which doesn't mean much, Vaughn is a prolific series...

  • The Captain

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .I had previously read and enjoyed Carrie Vaughn's young adult sci-f...

  • Jessica Woodbury

    I get really excited about dystopian/speculative mysteries, probably because THE CITY AND THE CITY is one of my favorite mysteries. But both can be tough genres, hard to do well. Especially if you dec...

  • Lisa Wolf

    Bannerless is a unique and interesting approach to the dystopian genre. In fact, if you took away the references to "the Fall", you might almost think you were reading a story of agrarian life in the ...

  • Wealhtheow

    Enid grew up after the epidemics and extreme weather conditions that caused the fall of modern civilization. To her, the idea of billions of people--even millions--is unimaginable. Like most everyone ...

  • Jennifer

    In "Bannerless" Vaughn has created a world that barely surviving a superflu epidemic, is also beset by horrendous storms responsible for laying to waste the cities, once inhabited, are now left to cru...

  • Margaret

    I'm not sure if this is a fast read, or if my being sick the last two days and reading a lot made it seem like a fast read. In either case, it did make the days go faster. :)This is marketed as a dyto...

  • Cathy

    Note to self: Not a description that would usually appeal but just read short story by the same name in Dozois' Year's Best 33 featuring Enid and really liked her. But she was old and about to retire....