By G. Willow Wilson
In an unnamed heart jap safety nation, a tender Arab-Indian hacker shields his consumers — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and different watched teams — from surveillance and attempts to stick out of difficulty. He is going by means of Alif — the 1st letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a handy deal with to conceal in the back of. The aristocratic lady Alif loves has jilted him for a prince selected by means of her mom and dad, and his computing device has simply been breached through the state’s digital safeguard strength, placing his consumers and his personal neck at the line. Then it seems his lover’s new fiancé is the "Hand of God," as they name the pinnacle of country defense, and his henchmen come after Alif, riding him underground. whilst Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the key publication of the jinn, which either he and the Hand suspect may possibly unharness a brand new point of data know-how, the stakes are raised and Alif needs to fight for all times or demise, aided by means of forces visible and unseen.
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Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson