It is a not-too-distant future in our all-too-recognizable world. It is the late twenty-first century and a deadly virus has seeped into human kind's genetic make-up. In only a few generations this plague will have wiped us off the face of the planet, but we're not going down without a fight. Teams of scientists, geneticists and programmers race to find a cure, but time is not on our side and our only hope lies in one last, desperate gamble . . . Eighteen years later and ten individuals are about to come of age. One of them, a young man, is suddenly startled awake. He has no memory. His surroundings mean nothing to him. All he knows for certain is that someone is trying to kill him. Unsure who he can trust, he is reacquainted with his companions, all of whom are being trained at a special establishment run by the elusive Maestro. As he tries to uncover the identity of his would-be killer, it becomes clear that more - so much more - than just his life is at stake . . . Smart, stylish, terrifying and thrilling in equal measure, Idlewild fuses the fierce imagination f The Matrix with the chilling social vision of Minority Report, and introduces a singular new literary voice.
Nick Sagan is a graduate of UCLA Film School and has written for Hollywood, creating screenplays and television scripts. The son of Carl Sagan and Linda Salzman, he achieved his fifteen minutes of fame at the age of six when his greeting 'Hello from the children of Planet Earth,' was recorded and placed aboard NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, now the most distant human-made object in the universe. Nick Sagan is married and lives in Ithaca, New York. Idlewild is his first novel, his second, Edenborn, is now available from Bantam Press.