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Maul

Sheri S. Tepper meets Neal Stephenson (and kicks his ass!) in this feminist-cyberpunk thriller by Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author Tricia Sullivan.

In a mall like any other, two gangs of teenaged girls are about to embark on an orgy of shopping and designer violence. In the battleground of cool, they'll fight for their lives to prove that "image is everything." But it’s not only their own lives they will have to fight for—it’s that of a man trapped in another world, with very different enemies; a man they haven’t met, but who could change the future of the human race.

And in that other place, within a sealed room, a lone man fights an equally desperate war against a new virus and the scientists who have developed it.

If anyone gets out alive, it will be a small miracle.