By Neal Stephenson
Anathem, the newest invention by means of the New York Times bestselling writer of Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle, is a powerful construction: a piece of significant scope, intelligence, and mind's eye that ushers readers right into a recognizable -- but unusually inverted -- world.
Fraa Erasmas is a tender avout dwelling within the Concent of Saunt Edhar, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, protected against the corrupting affects of the skin "saecular" global via historic stone, commemorated traditions, and intricate rituals. Over the centuries, towns and governments have risen and fallen past the concent's partitions. 3 times in the course of history's darkest epochs violence born of superstition and lack of awareness has invaded and devastated the cloistered mathic group. but the avout have regularly controlled to conform within the wake of disaster, changing into out of necessity much more austere and not more depending on expertise and fabric issues. And Erasmas has no worry of the skin -- the Extramuros -- for the final of the negative occasions was once lengthy, lengthy ago.
Now, in social gathering of the week-long, once-in-a-decade ceremony of Apert, the fraas and suurs organize to enterprise past the concent's gates -- while beginning them huge to welcome the curious "extras" in. in the course of his first Apert as a fraa, Erasmas eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and kinfolk he hasn't noticeable in view that he used to be "collected." yet ahead of the week is out, either the life he deserted and the only he embraced will stand poised near to cataclysmic change.
Powerful unexpected forces jeopardize the peaceable balance of mathic lifestyles and the proven ennui of the Extramuros -- a chance that purely an unsteady alliance of saecular and avout can oppose -- as, one after the other, Erasmas and his colleagues, lecturers, and buddies are summoned forth from the protection of the concent in hopes of keeping off international catastrophe. unexpectedly harassed with a incredible accountability, Erasmas reveals himself an immense participant in a drama that would ensure the way forward for his global -- as he units out on a unprecedented odyssey that would hold him to the main risky, inhospitable corners of the planet . . . and past.