By 2042, following an extreme geological and climate event known as The Shift, the seas have risen higher and faster than anyone predicted.
In the coastal metropolis of Shibido, islanders flooded in from a shrinking archipelago. The citizens barely noticed. Immersed in the mixed-reality of the Lenz—an advanced vision-enhancement contact lens—they see more of what they want to see and less of what they don’t.
But the islanders fleeing The Shift are not the only ones at risk of becoming completely invisible.
Struggling actor Henry Hoo is desperate to stay ahead of a creeping tide of technology threatening to leave him unemployed and homeless. But the more he believes he’s securing his career, the more he’s confronted by Ben, an unpredictable stranger, who protests the Lenz is erasing the islander tribe from people’s memories.
The last thing Henry’s re-invention needs, however, is an inconvenient awareness or an impossible romance. If only he could be sure of what’s real and what isn’t, because the fates of both citizen and refugee alike may depend on him rising to his most challenging role—to be someone real in a world of uncertainty.
A fun and fantastic, page-turning self-awakening, threaded with an impossible yet persistent romance, wrapped up in a satirical look at today through the Lenz of the future.
The seaside metropolis of Shibido is protected from the rising seas by a hundred foot high sea wall. To research these walls and the effect they have on people, I visited the largest walls being built in Japan. There is a meaning in them for all of us!
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