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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jul 11, 2017 - Fiction - 272 pages
A mysterious murder in a dystopian future leads a novice investigator to question what she’s learned about the foundation of her population-controlled society.

Decades after economic and environmental collapse destroys much of civilization in the United States, the Coast Road region isn’t just surviving but thriving by some accounts, building something new on the ruins of what came before. A culture of population control has developed in which people, organized into households, must earn the children they bear by proving they can take care of them and are awarded symbolic banners to demonstrate this privilege. In the meantime, birth control is mandatory.

Enid of Haven is an Investigator, called on to mediate disputes and examine transgressions against the community. She’s young for the job and hasn't yet handled a serious case. Now, though, a suspicious death requires her attention. The victim was an outcast, but might someone have taken dislike a step further and murdered him?

In a world defined by the disasters that happened a century before, the past is always present. But this investigation may reveal the cracks in Enid’s world and make her question what she really stands for.
 

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User Review  - midnightbex - LibraryThing

Half murder mystery and half dystopian coming of age story, Vaughn manages to write a compelling who-dun-it while sketching out an entire post-apocalyptic world. At the center of Bannerless is The ... Read full review

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User Review  - bm2ng - LibraryThing

I have read a lot of Carrie Vaughn's work and have liked it. This book didn't disappoint although it was a very large departure from her Kitty Norville books. This is a dystopian story that doesn't ... Read full review

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Contents

Haven
1
Haven
13
Pasadan
25
Haven
45
Pasadan
66
The Coast Road
86
Pasadan
113
Fintown
134
The Ruins
182
Pasadan
202
The Coast Road
226
Pasadan
248
Back Matter
275
Back Cover
277
Spine
278
Copyright

Pasadan
154

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CARRIE VAUGHN is the best-selling author of the Kitty Norville series, as well as the superhero novels Dreams of the Golden Age and After the Golden Age, the young adult novels Voices of Dragons and Steel, and the fantasy novel Discord’s Apple. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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