Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and BSFA Award

A Tiptree Honor Book



In a mall like any other, two gangs of teenaged girls are about to embark on an orgy of shopping and designer violence. In the battleground of cool, they’ll fight for their lives to prove that Image is Everything.

And in another place, within a sealed room, a lone man fights an equally desperate war against a new virus and the scientists who have developed it. If anyone gets out alive, it will be a small miracle.


‘All the elements of this novel work very hard all the time, carrying not only a complex plot and fascinating ideas about microbiology, but a heavy satirical charge aimed at contemporary culture and also at SF itself. That it manages so well and is so entertaining is testament to Sullivan’s skill and intelligence. I haven’t enjoyed a book so much in a long time’ Justina Robson in The Guardian

‘Fiercely intelligent . . . it’s impossible not to get carried away by the invention and conceptual gameplay‘ SFX

‘Maul is spontaneous, exhilarating, thought-provoking and just possibly quite, quite brilliant’ Vector

‘Maul confirms an increasingly badly kept secret–Sullivan is one of the best and most ambitious SF writers around’ Dreamwatch

‘The mayhem is vastly entertaining’ Locus

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The audiobook is available through Audible.