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The System of Garadia

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2021 BOOK FINALIST (BEST FICTION/BEST COVER)—“… a thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi novel.” - The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

2020 READER PICK FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL NOVEL—“If you are into sci-fi or just a fine story, this novel is for you.” - The Miramichi Reader

On the arid planet of Garadia floats Prominence City, an oasis of abundance and technological marvels. For Keidi and Artenz, life is good. Each day, they work hard to fulfill their role in sustaining Prominence. In return, they share an existence without worry or want, their every need attended to by the ruling corporations, their lives enhanced by a virtual reality accessible with a simple thought.

But when a dear friend of Keidi goes suddenly missing, their idyllic existence begins to crumble. And when they start asking questions—the wrong questions, questions that reveal cracks in Prominence’s perfect image—the powerful corporations of Prominence take notice.

Now, Keidi and Artenz must choose: do they stay in Prominence and risk the wrath of the corporations, or do they take their chances and run for the Lowlands, a bleak and mysterious place hidden beneath Prominence—if it even exists at all.

Fans of Blade Runner, 1984, Elysium and Neuromancer will enjoy this cyberpunk thriller.

2021 GOLD MEDALIST— “Set in the far-future, Eston’s [Deficiency] combines evocative world building and rich characterization.” - BookView Review

"Brilliantly crafted, revelatory, and not to be missed…" - The Prairies Book Review

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What readers are saying...

""...a deeply atmospheric, exhilarating roller-coaster ride with shocking twists and high stakes."
The Prairies Book Review
☆☆☆☆☆ “A complex sci-fi plot with two strong, memorable protagonists.”
The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
☆☆☆☆☆ "S.C. Eston's Deficiency is a highly imaginative work of exceptional craft that quickly draws the reader in with its intricate plot, creative world, and compelling characters."
Readers' Favorite
☆☆☆☆☆ "Reading this book is your ticket to another world."
Jane Tims, Author
☆☆☆☆☆ "Interesting book. Great read. The author took a lot of time in crafting the plot, and it shows."
Brooks Kohler, Author
☆☆☆☆ "Interesting, action-packed and more than a little thought-provoking, this piece of science fiction won't disappoint."
Nisha Ward, Reedsy Reader
☆☆☆☆☆ "The author... lays out some impressive imagery that would fit in Elysium or Bladerunner. Definitely one to check out!"
A.W. Davidson, Author
☆☆☆☆☆ "Deficiency is a fast-paced novel full of futuristic ideas and protagonists, colourful characters, a great plot and a satisfying ending."
The Miramichi Reader
"Set in the far-future, Eston’s [Deficiency] combines evocative world building and rich characterization."
The BookView Review

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Book Details

Writing Start Date: December 30, 2014

Publication Date: December 2, 2020

Version: v1.17.2

Progress: 100%

Type: Novel

# Words: ~105000

Alpha Reading: Gaetan Clement

Editing: Amanda Sumner (www.engagededitor.com), Forrest Orser (sites.google.com/site/forrestorser)

Cover: James T. Egan of Bookfly Design

Inside Art: Map and Illustrations: Kirk Shannon (www.kirkshannon.com)

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