We have found a distant planet. It carries signs of an alien civilisation.
And on a fleet of holoships - vast asteroids hollowed out and turned into miniature inside-out worlds - millions of us are heading there. With engines designed to exploit a physics we barely understand, we are on a one-way journey, travelling at one sixth the speed of light, to a new home. And an encounter with the unknown.
We take with us hopes and lies, secrets and betrayals, and another, quite alien, intelligence.
The Akinya family have not finished with space. Their destiny still lies with the stars, however they get there, whichever of them make it. But the Mechanism has not yet finished with the Akinyas either...
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"Tawhirimatea, blow winds blow,
Ra, warm us up with your sunshine glow.
Papatuanuku, we plant seeds in you.
Ua, rain helps new life come through."
"Tawhirimatea, ka pupuhi,
Whiti mai te ra, ka mahana mai.
Ono kakano, Papatuanuku,
Ka ua, tere tipu, ururua."
Sing along to this catchy Matariki song ... more...
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