Cumulus

By Eliot Peper

within the not-so-distant destiny, financial inequality and protracted surveillance push Oakland to the threshold of civil war.

Lilly Miyamoto is a passionate analog photographer striving to pursue an ever extra far-off dream. Huian Li is preeminent one of the Silicon Valley elite because the founder and CEO of the pervasive tech immense Cumulus. Graham Chandler is a annoyed intelligence agent forging a brand new course throughout the halls of techno-utopian royalty. but if Huian rescues Lilly from a run-in with deepest defense forces, it units off a sequence of occasions that would swap their lives and the world.

The event hurries up right into a mad sprint of political intrigue, relentless ambition, and questionable salvation. Will they continue to exist to discover themselves and mend a damaged approach?

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Huian strode around the kitchen, ripped off her shirt, and descended into the basement. eleven RENOVATED residence structures, espresso retailers, and live/work art-studio areas emerged from the city jungle. This was once the perimeter, the world hugging the fringe of the fairway sector that trusted its proximity for relative balance. citizens have been former Greenies fallen on tough occasions, scholars, creatives, and hipsters too cool for the golf green area, yet too timid to enterprise some distance past its borders. Lilly drove instantly in the course of the Fringe and below the highway overpass at MacArthur BART Station, which marked the border during this zone. The bumpy trip grew to become soft because the Land Rover emerged onto clean pavement at the different facet. A uniformed protection officer sipped a espresso and leaned opposed to his SUV as he watched her cross from in the back of aviator sun shades that have been without doubt exhibiting her profile and the car tags on a heads-up demonstrate. Lush oaks covered both sides of the road, and brilliant California poppies highlighted the landscaped median. She braked for a cease signal, and a blonde jogger driven a ruggedized child stroller around the highway, sculpted muscle tissues shining below a sheen of sweat. the following block over, a gaggle of youngsters performed seize with a Frisbee on the street. The local transitioned from quiet, leafy residential to bustling, yuppie advertisement, and again to quiet, leafy residential as Lilly drove due east. After 5 mins, the rational grid of the city residences devolved right into a tangled internet of small streets prime up into the hills. The engine growled as she downshifted to wake up the steep slope. the line zigzagged up the hill, the homes getting better and bigger the better she went. whenever she rounded the nook of a switchback, Lilly stole a look into the rearview replicate. It was once virtually time. The smoldering disk of the sunlight dipped reduce towards the horizon. A gabled roof blocked her view, yet ahead of her eyes flicked again to the line, she spotted a bit black item zip round a stand of redwood timber in an adjoining backyard. most likely a few child fiddling with a toy drone. The Land Rover roared up the winding slender streets like a diesel-fueled bull elephant. If she moved quickly, she should still simply make it. She attempted to gauge angles and timing with each glimpse into the reflect. So shut. She got here up round one other nook, and a “No Outlet” signal flashed prior on her left. the line angled up steeply, and got here to the crest of the ridge. The solar burned low within the reflect. ideal, an unimpeded view. fortunate for her, the line ended at an property that sat all on its own at the ridge. She pulled over in a cloud of airborne dirt and dust at the gravel driveway that led into the property and pulled the parking brake. There wasn’t a lot time. Grabbing her equipment, she jumped out the door and slammed it in the back of her. The vantage aspect from the line wasn’t pretty much as good because it had seemed. A wood fence surrounded the property. shiny eco-friendly vines coated virtually each inch of it. as soon as she used to be performed, she needed to make sure you snag a host of the plump purple grapes dangling each meter or so.

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