Characters

Isaac – a poor young man who has had to steal to survive and provide for his sister in a Los Angeles plagued by shortages

Rose – Isaac’s sister

Boza – Isaac’s enemy from the streets of LA

Luca – a tough but troubled young Scare City gang leader. She heads the M-80s, a less powerful, all-female group that has a small alcohol franchise granted by the Potato King

Lena – Luca’s mysterious lover, who may be a dream vision or ghost

Chavez – leader of Gigante, the biggest and oldest faction in Scare City. A mysterious voice on Radio Gigante who preaches a message of peace.

Samad – a handsome, dangerous capo for the Potato King

Trang – a Potato King banger

Pedro – a Potato King banger

Jelly – a Potato King banger

Lefty – Jelly’s “toy boy” and one-time enemy of Luca

Monkfish – a comical, non-human shapeshifter

Silas – Leader of Las Cruces, secretly a powerful, non-human original inhabitant of the planet Oasis who disguises himself as a human.

Moshe – an emissary from Lost Hill

The Potato King – The monstrously fat leader of the large gang that bears his name, the man who can “grow” something like a plant from which he makes alcohol

Eyes – a woman on Isaac’s prison transport who has made the trip before

Isabel – an M-80s fighter

M’Bali – an M-80s fighter

The Bug – a tiny drone with a personality of its own

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