Balance of Powers is a dark new alternate-history world from the team that wrote Perplex City: Adrian Hon, Andrea Philips, David Varela, and Naomi Alderman. Follow the free-to-read story online, or subscribe for only $17 for access to the story before anyone else, with additional exclusive behind-the-scenes commentary and extra content.
Our four main characters journey across a Cold War-era world a little like our own -- but also darkly different. Their stories converge at a strange city on stilts called Midway; a place between places, where the balance of powers will be decided.
The Bulgarian ambassador is found eviscerated in his London quarters, and Major Sonja Slade of the Prussian Army searches for his killer while trying to forget her own ties to the dead man.
Kitty Kinsey travels all the way from the 39 United States to clear her father of unspeakable allegations, and discovers that old powers are already lying in wait for her.
John Noon thinks he's just an ordinary insurance clerk, but as he investigates a sunken supertanker, his strange dreams hint at something he's not being told.
Hausmann, an ex-spy, thinks he knows just how to look after himself. But when he asks one question too many, he'll find out there's much more to fear from his past than he ever imagined.
Someone is pulling the strings to bring these four together. The Great Powers thirst for war once again. But for what purpose?
Balance of Powers was launched through Kickstarter. We are profoundly grateful to the contributors, who made this project possible, and waited for launch with unbelievable grace and patience. Everyone who enjoys Balance of Powers owes each and every one of these individuals a debt of gratitude; without them we would not be here.