The world of the Ninth Archive is similar to the one you inhabit, but not entirely the same. Here are the principal locations and characters.
Shanghai, Teng Long Autonomous Region, 2037 (腾龙自治区上海2037年)
Swan, a sixteen-year-old student of violin hoping to attend conservatory in America. Those who hear her playing often discover rose petals in their pockets later, or remember things that didn’t happen to them.
Her twin sister, Kali is pursued by a shadowy hacker cabal, with many of her online aliases having been surreptitiously erased by the authorities. Her collection of hard-to-find information is both coveted and feared.
Winters Research Station, Antarctica, 2020
Rin, aged eleven, is the only child accompanying a research team investigating unexplained phenomena related to subglacial trenches. He passes the dark hours making lists, poring over gaming rulebooks, and listening to the radio when it’s not tuned to any channel. His A.I. companion, Go, is always close at hand.
Three fates now entwined with your own.