“Sagan’s mind-blowing post-apocalyptic trilogy comes to a satisfying, terrifying conclusion…A knockout.”—Kirkus Reviews
A small group of humans has survived the apocalyptic epidemic called Black Ep, a disease that ravaged the world and left them alone on Earth. Their conflicting ideas about how a new, much less populated planet ought to be governed, however, are a source of terrible strife. The early “post-humans” believed in The Doctrine: "The post-plague world is a collective. We’re all in this together. Let’s look out for each other, share the dirty work, give the needy what they need."
Inevitably, though, as more survivors are roused from their frozen sleep, there are those who disagree. People who remember power are waking up to a new world, and they do not intend to wait their turn....