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A smart and thought-provoking piece of workFINANCIAL TIMES, Pick of the Best New Science Fiction

‘One of the most captivating epics I’ve read in ages, evoking a convincing sense of fragile social structure reminiscent of China Miéville at his best, in combination with a philosophical underpinning that lends real weight to the stakes. It reads like Mad Max as imagined by Neal Stephenson. It’s luxuriantly immersive, truly transporting in a way that is invaluable during these trying times’ CHRIS BROOKMYRE, bestselling author of FALLEN ANGEL

In this riveting political thriller, The Commonwealth, a post-apocalyptic civilisation on the rise, is locked in a clash of ideas with the Keepers, a fight which threatens to destroy the world . . . again.

When Lilly was first Chief Engineer at The Commonwealth, nearly fifty years ago, the Central Archive wasn’t yet the greatest repository of knowledge in the known world, protected by scribes copying every piece of found material – books, maps, even scraps of paper – and disseminating them by Archive Runners to hidden off-site locations for safe keeping. Back then, there was no Order of Silence to create and maintain secret routes deep into the sand-covered towers of the Gone World or into the northern forests beyond Sea Glass Lake. Back then, the world was still quiet, because Lilly hadn’t yet found the Harrington Box.

But times change. Recently, the Keepers have started gathering to the east of Yellow Ridge – thousands upon thousands of them – and every one of them determined to burn the Central Archives to the ground, no matter the cost, possessed by an irrational fear that bringing back the ancient knowledge will destroy the world all over again. To prevent that, they will do anything.

Fourteen days ago the Keepers chased sixteen-year-old Archive Runner Elimisha into a forbidden Gone World Tower and brought the entire thing down on her. Instead of being killed, though, she slipped into an ancient unmapped bomb shelter where she has discovered a cache of food and fresh water, a two-way radio like the one Lilly’s been working on for years . . . and something else. Something that calls itself ‘the internet’ . . .

‘If like me you loved Norwegian by Night and American by Day, dive straight into Radio Life. It’s a post-apocalyptic exploration of how we rebuild, but much more than that, it’s a gripping, clever, frightening, funny adventure. Trust me, it’s a good one.’ VAL McDERMID, No. 1 bestselling author of STILL LIFE

A complex mosaic novel filtered through the viewpoints of a large cast that builds a convincing picture of a future world riven by opposing ideologies’ THE GUARDIAN

Witty, intelligent, thought-provoking and immensely entertaining . . . I know it is only January, but this is surely a candidate for the best novel of 2021 – SHOTS MAGAZINE

Reviews

Disturbing and philosophical, the reliable Derek B. Miller's latest shares its theme with Robert Harris's brilliant The Second Sleep
WEEKEND SPORT
Philosophical, humorous, and heart-breaking in equal measure, Radio Life is a novel that grabs you from the very beginning and never lets up
If These Books Could Talk
Witty, intelligent, thought-provoking and immensely entertaining . . . I know it is only January, but this is surely a candidate for the best novel of 2021
SHOTS MAGAZINE
A complex mosaic novel filtered through the viewpoints of a large cast that builds a convincing picture of a future world riven by opposing ideologies
THE GUARDIAN
A highly engaging near future novel that is very enjoyable to read but will also have you thinking
Science Fiction Book Club
A page-turner that is both funny and sad, intelligent and full of hope. This is a must read from a writer of extreme talent and compassion
Jon Page, Pages & Pages Booksellers (Australia) on NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT
A powerful, multi-layered political thriller set in a post-apocalyptic civilisation
CHOICE magazine
A smart and thought-provoking piece of work
FINANCIAL TIMES, Pick of the Best New Science Fiction
A lot of thought-provoking ideas but also this is wildly entertaining with lots of relationship drama and a good dose of edge-of-the-seat action
Liz Loves Books
An ambitious detour into pure science fiction
CRIME TIME
An immersive and absorbing read
Bookphace
As daring in execution as imagination, this adventure tale crackles with heart, charm and dark honesty
Shelf Awareness on THE GIRL IN GREEN
His world-building is enthralling; hundreds of tiny details enchant as he renders our civilisation strange by showing it through retrospective eyes
SUNDAY TIMES
If like me you loved Norwegian by Night, and American by Day, dive straight into Radio Life. It's a post-apocalyptic exploration of how we rebuild, but much more than that, it's a gripping, clever, frightening, funny adventure. Trust me, it's a good one
Val McDermid, Sunday Times Number One bestselling author of Still Life
It's an adventure written in cinemascope!
Evening Standard
Miller is a talented storyteller and one you start reading you are hooked
Annarella
One of the most captivating epics I've read in ages, evoking a convincing sense of fragile social structure reminiscent of China Miéville at his best, in combination with a philosophical underpinning that lends real weight to the stakes. It reads like Mad Max as imagined by Neal Stephenson. It's luxuriantly immersive, truly transporting in a way that is invaluable during these trying times
CHRIS BROOKMYRE, bestselling author of FALLEN ANGEL, on RADIO LIFE
Strong central women drive the story, which is often witty and always pulls you onto the next page. Radio Life is a return to form with (pun intended) knobs on
THE BIG ISSUE
Sure Derek Miller's novels are smart and full of heart and savvy . . . he's as dedicated as any writer I know to the proposition that readers should enjoy themselves, should delight in the experience of life and language. If our hearts get broken along the way, so much the better.
Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of EVERYBODY'S FOOL
The book is gloriously readable from its opening sentence . . . I loved it. I just loved it
Blue Book Balloon
What astonishes and impresses me about Miller's books is how witty and entertaining they are in moments, and yet deeply resonant and meaningful as well. Whether tackling issues of war or race, Derek Miller goes to the heart of matters affecting how we as a civilisation live
Sheryl Cotleur, Copperfield's Books on AMERICAN BY DAY
Comparable with Hugh Howey's Wool, Radio Life is a deeply thought-provoking novel about redemption and history. A book I can't recommend highly enough.
GeekDad
Miller creates a fascinating yet credible setting, fills it with realistic characters and sets them on an unpredictable path. There's action and excitement, politics, philosophy and wisdom, a bit of nostalgia and ample laugh-out-loud moments to occasionally relieve the tension. Interesting, thought-provoking and often funny, this one is likely to appeal to fans of the genre
MARIANNE VINCENT, GoodReads Librarian