The Book of Koli (The Rampart Trilogy #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the The Rampart Trilogy series.


"A captivating start to what promises to be an epic post-apocalyptic fable" (Kirkus), The Book of Koli is the unforgettable story of a young boy struggling to find his place in a world where nature itself has turned against humanity.

Everything that lives hates us...

Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognizable landscape. A place where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don't get you, one of the dangerous shunned men will.

Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He believes the first rule of survival is that you don't venture too far beyond the walls.

He's wrong.

For more from M. R. Carey, check out:
The Girl With All the Gifts
The Boy on the Bridge
Someone Like Me

By the same author, writing as Mike Carey:
The Devil You Know
Vicious Circle
Dead Men's Boots

Thicker Than Water
The Naming of the Beasts

About the Author

M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a USA Today bestseller and is a major motion picture based on his BAFTA-nominated screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, two radio plays, and a number of TV and movie screenplays to his credit.

Praise For…

"This is a beautiful book. Gripping, engaging, and absolutely worth the time it takes to burrow yourself into its reality. I can't recommend it highly enough."
Seanan McGuire on The Book of Koli

"Deeply humanistic, and full of lush characterization and worldbuilding...what a glorious beginning [The Book of Koli] is. M.R. Carey hefts astonishing storytelling power with plainspoken language, heartbreaking choices, and sincerity like an arrow to the heart. The Book of Koli is one of the best books I expect to read this year."

Locus on The Book of Koli

"A captivating start to what promises to be an epic post-apocalyptic fable. Narrator Koli's inquisitive mind and kind heart make him the perfect guide to Carey's immersive, impeccably rendered world."—Kirkus on The Book of Koli

"The cadence and pacing of [Koli's] voice adds a depth and richness to the strange and malevolent world."
Booklist on The Book of Koli

"An exciting post-apocalyptic coming-of-age trilogy ... Readers will finish The Book of Koli eager to read the next installment."—Shelf Awareness on The Book of Koli

"Told in an enchanting, confessional first-person, we're with Koli all the way, from the stifling security of village life into the direst peril."
Daily Mail on The Book of Koli

"A thought-provoking and deeply engaging story ... profoundly and doggedly humane."
C. A. Fletcher on The Book of Koli

"Carey writes with compassion and fire - strange and surprising and humane."
Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls on The Boy on the Bridge

"The Boy on the Bridge is a careful companion, including thematic parallels that remind us, in sometimes horrific ways, that our actions always have wider consequences than we think."—NPR on The Boy on the Bridge

"A terrifying, emotional page-turner that explores what it means to be human."
Kirkus on The Boy on the Bridge

"Heartfelt, remorseless and painfully fresh as it is terrifying. A jewel."
Joss Whedon on The Girl With All the Gifts

"Original, thrilling and powerful."
The Guardian on The Girl With All the Gifts

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316477536
ISBN-10: 0316477532
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: April 14th, 2020
Pages: 416
Series: The Rampart Trilogy