"There were small towns, small cities, big cities. Not anymore. Almost the entire population of the planet lives within a hundred miles of a mega city. The Padre said this happened because so much of the world has been ruined by people, by the rising waters, rising temperatures, drought, flooding. Some parts of Earth are toxic with radiation from massive wars. People stay in the cities because we are running out of places to live."
"The Icons regulate everything with an electric pulse. The Padre said the Icons can control electricity, the power that flows between generators and machines, even the electical impulses that connect brains and bodies. They can halt all electrical and chemical activity at any time. Which is what happened to Goldengate, on The Day. And Sao Paulo, Koln-Bonn, Greater Beijing, Cairo, Mumbai. The Silent Cities. Which is why we gave in to the Lords and let them take our planet."
It's a cool story overall. Dystopian/Alien story. Really cool, but slow for now. I am on page 28, so it should start to pick up sometime soon (hopefully!). The main character is kind of dry, I am hoping I get to connect more with her as time goes by. I refuse to read reviews before I finish though, don't want them to color my judgement... but between you and me, for those who have read it, what can I expect? Beautful Creatures was good, let's see if Icons is better.