Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021.
296 pages : map ; 21 cm
"A John Joseph Adams book."
"It's said that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, and an eccentric billionaire has set out to prove it by building an island retreat that brings the fantastic to life. In an action-packed novel for fans of Ready Player One, Carrie Vaughn asks what happens when a bunch of tech geeks and fantasy nerds don't realize the game they are now playing is for real?"--,Provided by publisher.
Literature professor Dr. Addie Cox is contacted by Harris Lang, the famously eccentric billionaire tech genius, for an unusual job: He wants her to guide a mercenary strike team sent to infiltrate his island retreat off the northwest coast of the United States. There Lang has built Insula Mirabilis, an isolated resort where tourists will one day pay big bucks for a convincing, high-tech-powered fantasy-world experience, complete with dragons, unicorns, and, yes, magic. Unfortunately one of the island's employees has gone rogue and activated an invisible force shield that has cut off all outside communication. A Coast Guard cutter attempting to pass through the shield has been destroyed. Suspicion rests on Dominic Brand, the project's head designer-- and Addie's ex-boyfriend. To take back control of the island, Addie must navigate its deadly traps-- as well as her own past trauma. -- adapted from back cover