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Book 1: The City


An underground city, built centuries ago to ride out the devastating heat. A society under attack. And a young solar engineer whose skills may be the key to saving her city…if she doesn’t get herself killed first.

When Jossey was ten, the creatures of the aboveground took her brother and left her for dead, with horrible scars. Now, years later, she’s a successful solar engineer, working to keep her underground city’s power running, but she’s never really recovered. After she saves dozens of people during a second attack, she is offered a top-secret assignment as a field Engineer with Patrol, but fear prevents her from taking it…until Patrol finds bones near where her brother disappeared.

She signs on and finds herself catapulted into a world that is far more dangerous, and requires far more of her, than she ever imagined. The creatures and the burning heat aboveground are not the only threats facing the City, and what she learns during her assignment could cost her her life: one of the greatest threats to the City may in fact lie within. With thousands of lives at stake, can she act in time?

Aestus is an adult dystopian science-fiction series set centuries after climate change has ravaged much of Earth. An epic story of vengeance, power, shifting loyalties, and survival that looks at just how far people will go to protect what they love, brought to you by science writer S.Z. Attwell, Aestus paints a picture of a world in which far too little has changed.


2021 Kindle Book Review Award Finalist

"...at the level of Frank Herbert's Dune." - IHeartSci-Fi


"...masterful...on par with the best in the genre." - A. R. Saida


"...a gifted writer who knows how to maintain suspense as well as anyone writing today...." - C. Dorman


"...phenomenal..." - A. W.


"One of the best books I've ever read" - The Very Bookish

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About the Author

S.Z. Attwell lives in New England, though she was raised in the Pacific Northwest and still misses the open land (and her cats).

S.Z. is a professional science writer with an M.A. in media studies and web/graphic design/editing experience, but her real love has always been fiction writing. In her spare time, Attwell does photography and archery, among other things.

Find the author on social media! @szattwellauthor

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