Like all science fiction classics, A Girl From Nowhere is at once an epic and intensely human story. Taimin is a survivor. Born in a wasteland populated with scavengers, his family struggles to stay alive at the border of a fearsome no-man’s-land, the firewall on the edge of their world. When his last remaining loved ones are murdered by raiders, he finds himself deserted and alone. But he soon discovers a reason for hope—a mythical city that offers the only chance at refuge from the wasteland.
On his journey, he encounters a young mystic, Selena, and together they set off in search of the city. Slowly but surely, these characters crept under my skin, defiantly chasing their dream in spite of the dangers of the beautifully drawn, ruthless world Maxwell crafts around them.
But what stuck with me, long after reading, was that rich sense of world-building Maxwell brings to the wasteland. As Taimin and Selena search for salvation, the truth of their world waits for them at the fringe. In fact, some of the novel’s most exhilarating moments are when we glimpse it momentarily before the author skilfully pulls us back on course. This rich tapestry of resilience drew me into its world—and has yet to let go.
— Jack Butler, Editor