Engine Summer by John Crowley

In a post-apocalyptic future, a young man named Rush That Speaks lives in a pastoral community that has reverted to a pre-industrial state following the collapse of advanced civilization. He embarks on a quest for knowledge and understanding, driven by a desire to uncover the mysteries of the lost past and the meaning of a cryptic message left behind by his beloved, who has vanished. His journey takes him through the remnants of the old world, encountering various enigmatic tribes and cultures that have adapted in unique ways to the changed Earth. As he delves deeper into the secrets of history, he grapples with profound questions about memory, storytelling, and what it means to be human in a world that has been irrevocably altered.

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