By Greg Bear
100,000 years in the past, the galaxy was once populated through an exceptional number of beings.
But one species--eons past all others in either expertise and knowledge--achieved dominance.
They governed in peace yet met competition with quickly and brutal effectiveness.
They have been the Forerunners--the keepers of the Mantle, the following level of existence within the Universe’s residing Time.
And then they vanished.
This is their story.
Bornstellar Makes everlasting Lasting is a tender rebellious Forerunner. he's a Manipular, untried--yet to turn into a part of the grownup Forerunner society, the place tremendous wisdom and responsibility waits. He comes from a relations of developers, the Forerunners’ maximum and so much politically strong expense. it's the developers who create the grand know-how that enables Forerunner dominance over the recognized universe. it's the developers who think they need to shoulder the best burden of the Mantle--as shepherds and guardians of all life.
Bornstellar is marked to develop into an outstanding Builder similar to his father.
But this Manipular has different plans.
He is keen about misplaced treasures of the prior. His reckless ardour to search out the great artifacts left at the back of via the Precursors--long-vanished superbeings of unknowable strength and intent---forces his father’s hand.
Bornstellar is distributed to stay one of the Miners, the place he needs to come to phrases with the place his accountability actually lies.
But strong forces are at play. Forerunner society is at an enormous crux. prior threats are once more proving relentless. Dire solutions--machines and methods by no means sooner than contemplated--are being known as up, and fissures in Forerunner energy are resulting in chaos.
On a Lifeworker’s experimental planet, Bornstellar’s rebellious path crosses the trails of 2 people, and the lengthy lifeline of an exceptional army chief, perpetually altering Bornstellar’s future …and the destiny of the complete galaxy.
This is a story of existence, dying, intergalactic horror, exile, and adulthood. it's a tale of overwhelming change--and of human origins. For the Mantle won't lie upon the shoulders of Forerunners perpetually.