HOST is coming soon!
The System is alive, but not well.
It’s been three centuries since the artificial intelligence that once ran the world was shut down. Now, the only thing keeping the System alive are the arcane processes and passages the traveling professors regurgitate from the book the AI left in its place.
Reyan is a grubby thirteen-year-old who thinks too much, understands too little, and is overwhelmed by everything. She spends her time perched in a tree at the edge of town, observing a world that wants nothing to do with her. When Reyan’s benefactor dies, leaving her with no family or future, her fate is placed in the hands of a group of visiting professors.
Removed from everything she’s ever known, Reyan must struggle to learn the Systemic ways and master her unwieldy mind if she hopes to revive the System and protect it from those who would diminish it.
Host is the long-anticipated and beautifully conceived sequel to Chris Lodwig’s first novel, Systemic.
Feedback from Beta Readers:
A captivating and refreshing take on our not-so-implausible dystopian future. Reyan is a unique protagonist whom I was rooting for from page one! – Ashely Powell
A deft and engaging story. – N Pawar
A very human look at a traumatized society restructuring itself around entrenched traditions, tribalism, and faith in clerics who are a shadow of the old System. – Ashley Nathan Feniello
SYSTEMIC is available in
For generations, a sentient AI has watched over the world and solved all of humanity’s problems. It was an era of objectivity, social equality, and ecological recovery.
It should have been a golden age.
Now, three strangers are on a pilgrimage through the arid lonely sagelands and underpopulated cities of the Systemic era on their way to the seemingly innocuous town of Prower. There, they will uncover the secrets that lay buried beneath the town and learn the truth about their half-remembered pasts. In the end, they must choose between their sanity or solving humanity’s final and most intractable problem.