The Departure is the first book in Neal Asher's near-future, science fiction Owner series. The Argus Space Station looks down on a nightmarish Earth. And from this safe distance, the Committee enforces its despotic rule. There are too many people and too few resources, and they need twelve billion to die before Earth can be stabilized. So corruption is rife, people starve, and the poor are policed by mechanized overseers and identity-reader guns. Citizens already fear the brutal Inspectorate with its pain inducers. But to ...

The Departure 2012, Tor, London

ISBN-13: 9780330457613

Mass-market paperback

The Departure 2011, Tor, London

ISBN-13: 9780230708730