The Zemlya Conspiracy is full of energy and very assured in its touch – Roger Pulvers
… greatest strengths are the action sequences, which move with break-neck speed and comic-book like vibrancy. The twists in the tale are often surprising and make it an enjoyable read. There’s little doubt that The Zemlya Conspiracy has the potential to be a fantastically enjoyable science-fiction novel – For Pity Sake
Zemlya is an isolated city, surrounded by an impassable tundra. The city is protected from the elements by a giant wall, and defended by cybernetically enhanced soldiers that make sure that no-one leaves the city. Many have tried but none survive.
Kate is one of these agents, and is recalled from patrolling the tundra to investigate a rebellion within the city originating in an abandoned industrial area. The rebels are treated as capital offenders and summarily executed. When flushing out a small cell she finds that they have recruited a young girl, who Kate refuses to kill.
Kate is then given orders to try to infiltrate the rebels, but her communication is cut off from headquarters. Following her judgment alone, she begins to sympathise with the young girl she spared and her confederates. Knowing she needs to hide her identity from her new friends whilst trying to stay loyal to the city’s central government, Kate toes the moral line between good and bad.
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This is a novel that I started working on in 2006, completing about 7 chapters before joining 4LS and writing Katawa Shoujo.
Since I left 4LS it has taken me a few years to finish this, showing just how long it takes me to write anything!