The author of THE GLASS HARMONICA and THE TERRORISTS OF IRRUSTAN again has a female protagonist in this novel----Meet Ebriel Serique.
In the final few years of the twenty-first century, life in Paris is quiet for Ebriel and her family. They live protected by the glass walls of their skyscraper apartment, safe from the poverty-stricken inhabitants in countries on the other side of the Line of Partition. Talented, comfortable, and content, Ebriel never questions her life. Until one day, her husband and daughter go sailing, and are murdered by terrorists who claim their yacht had crossed the Line.
Driven by grief and a hunger for justice, Ebriel ventures beyond the confines of her charmed life to confront the truth about the world. She becomes a resistance fighter, a maquisarde as the old Corsicans put it, against her own deceitful government. And while she never would have suspected it, Ebriel discovers that she has the courage for anything---even violence.
Louise Marley is one of my favorite female science fiction authors - I have yet to read a book by her that is not engrossing. The Maquisarde is not her best --- the plot is fascinating but it is difficult to care for her characters as much as one does in other books --- but it's still an absorbing story about a world-famous flutist in the late 21st century who becomes a resistance fighter when her husband and daughter are killed in a cover-up incident engineered by the oppressive regime of George Glass. Based on the space-satellite world of StarHold, Ebriel joins with the other women (and some men) there to find revenge (initially) and eventually heal her grief and rediscover herself; meanwhile a member of the government military corps becomes disillusioned with the regime he had believed in, and helps Ebriel.......