Ace, Feb 2003, 5.99, 200 pp.
In the year 2125 most of the Earth is uninhabitable except at the North and South Poles. Most of the human race lives in domed cities, underground, or under the sea. The land is buffeted by waves of heat, hurricane force winds, and radioactive air. The Coms rule the Northern areas while the masses are indentured servants. The South Pole area is the last bastion of human freedom.
Jolie runs a tour service to the top of the planet and though she is a worker her clients are wealthy Coms. On one of her trips she meets Jin, the son of a Com, who is aware that the workers in the north are treated horribly. He volunteers for brain surgery in the hopes of finding a way to defeat his father but when Jolie thinks he's in danger she crosses the world and puts her own life in jeopardy to save him. She also becomes the rallying point for the insurrection of the masses against the Com.
M.M. Buckner paints a picture bleaker than Zager and Evans of the earth in the not too distant future unless we clean up our environmental act. The heroine is a revolutionary in the purest sense of the term and the courage of her convictions may prove strong enough to change the geo-political structure of Earth. HYPERTHOUGHT is a cutting edge science fiction that will appeal to fans of plenty of action.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner