The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that will forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony’s watchful eye, this utopia will be free of the hu...
The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that will forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony’s watchful eye, this utopia will be free of the humans’ penchant for violence, exploitation and religious superstition. As a final step in the war effort, the Colony uses its strange technology to transform the surface animals into high-functioning two-legged beings who rise up to kill their masters.Former housecat turned war hero, Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bio-weapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind his recklessness is his ongoing search for a pre-transformation friend—a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony, where he will discover the source of EMSAH and the ultimate fate of all of earth’s creatures.
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“Paste Magazine's Best Books of 2015.”
“[M]arvelously droll... this novel is all kinds of crazy, but it wears its crazy so well. ”
“In our age of first person diary-like-entry novels, Mort(e) is both stunningly original and wonderfully heartfelt. It's a wild ride of a book from a skilled writer I will now be following.”
—Shane Jones, author of Light Boxes and Crystal Eaters
“Combining elements of Orwellian parable and sci-fi/action thriller, Mort(e) is a tautly constructed indictment of much that is wrong with society, and a celebration of much that is right.”
—Matthew Gallaway, author of The Metropolis Case
“Get ready for a post-apocalyptic adventure like no other in this tale of animals being transformed into two legged creatures that rise up to kill their masters. This is all the master plan of intelligent ants that have been building a Colony and plotting for years to start a utopia free of humans. Mort(e) is a former cat turned war hero but his true motivation is searching for his friend, a dog named Sheba. Will the Colony win the war against human violence, exploitation and religious superstitions or will the human bio-weapon EMSAH help all the earth’s creatures?”
–Barbara Theroux, Fact & Fiction (Missoula, MT)
“Mort(e) is wonderful and weird, never saccharine and always startling. ”
—Cat Rambo, author of Near + Far
“After a fantastical leap into an apocalypse of sentient animals, Mort(e) never looks back. Read this novel and you will never look at your pet the same way again.”
—Daniel H. Wilson, author of Robopocalypse and Robogenesis
“A beast of a novel that exposes just how beastly we humans really are. Robert Repino's Mort(e) is smart, engaging, and kick-ass. ”
—Ismet Prcic, author of Shards
“With sly references to Orwell’s Animal Farm, debut novelist Repino puts a nicely modern postapocalyptic overlay on the fable of animals taking over the world . . . This is an affecting, intriguing shift from the traditional “power corrupts” destruction of a utopia, allowing an empathetic melancholy to rise along with Mort(e)’s disillusionment.”
“Devilishly entertaining ... awfully good ... a wild riff on interspecies warfare sure to make pet owners think twice the next time their tabby cat darts by. [I]magine W. Bruce Cameron's silly and maudlin A Dog's Purpose recast as a violent and frightening post-apocalyptic global battle for the souls of Earth's survivors, layered with a messiah prophecy that makes The Matrix look simplistic by comparison. ”
“Repino’s stunning skill in both assaulting and refining our senses with mere words is a major reason why this densely plotted apocalypse tale about sentient animals, terrorist insects and clueless humans works. Think of George Orwell’s iconic ANIMAL FARM on steroids, and then some. You can trust MORT(E) to blow away conventional ideas about futurist end-times stories. Not only does it explode with action and suspense, it pulls us aside to reflect on our ultimate life-and-death beliefs and whether or not they can really fulfill the promises we invest in them.”
“Dealing with matters of dominance, loyalty, destiny, and justice, this engaging novel might have taken as its epigraph Alexander Pope’s famous couplet, “I am his Highness’ dog at Kew; / Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?” In the life of an uplifted cat, the reader sees his or her own quandary as a creature suspended uncomfortably halfway between nescience and angelic wisdom. [T]hought-provoking and tragedy-laden ... completely poignant and satisfying. ”