The Gone-Away World (Amazon UK, Canada)
by Nick Harkaway (website, blog)
The Borzoi Reader (Knopf/Random House)
There couldn’t be a fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. It was the last thing the world needed. But there it was, burning bright on national television. The Pipe was what kept the Livable Zone safe from the bandits, monsters and nightmares the Go Away War had left in its wake. The fire was a very big problem.
Enter Gonzo Lubitsch and his friends, the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Civil Freebooting Company, a team of master troubleshooters who roll into action when things get particularly hot. They helped build the Pipe. Now they have to preserve it—and save humanity yet again. But this job is not all it seems. It will touch more closely on Gonzo’s life, and that of his best friend, than either of them can imagine. And it will decide the fate of the Gone-Away World.
I'm not really sure what to think of this one. It's getting some amazing reviews; just check out that Amazon page. The clever cover art alone tells you that it's something different. The author has one of those cool flash websites, so be sure to check that out. It features a "book jacket genesis" and ninja fighting tools. It also has many hidden easter eggs and is great fun to browse around. I hesitated in linking to the author's blog, because it's really one of those things you have to hunt around for.
Favorable initial impression.