Tsutomu Nihei's (Knights of Sidonia) breakthrough science-fiction masterpiece is now finally back in print.
In this final installment, Kyrii, still searching for the Net Terminal Gene, traces the steps of Cibo, reincarnated as a Level 9 Safeguard, and Sanakan, now a representative of the Administration. As Sanakan guides Cibo to a safe place where her sphere can develop in peace, Cibo is captured by the Silicon Life. Sanakan contacts Kyrii requesting his help in rescuing Cibo, because in her current form she may hold the key to saving the city. Sanakan risks everything in the battle against the Silicon Life. Kyrii arrives at a critical moment, and continues his endless journey while carrying the embodiment of hope for a different future beyond the outer limits of the city...
The Administration contacts Kyrii and Cibo， encouraging them to keep searching for the Net Terminal Gene which will stop the City from its intractable， chaotic growth. The Admin also warns them of the autonomous Safeguards， vicious entities that attempt to kill off any humans who access the Netsphere without the required Net Terminal Gene. Kyrii is attacked， and a group of humans who have settled on the outskirts of Toha Heavy Industries comes to his aid. Kyrii awakens with a newfound ability to read his surroundings， which allows him mere seconds to fend off an attacker lurking among the humans settlement. In the ensuing battle， Cibo makes a heavy sacrifice， but not before learning a startling truth about her traveling companion…
Cibo has uploaded herself into Sanakan's body, and she struggles to suppress Sanakan's consciousness and the Safeguard commands. Cibo and Kyrii continue their hunt for the Net Terminal Gene inside of Toha Heavy Industries, which appears to be a safe space where neither the Administration nor the Safeguards can interfere. Mensab is one of the few AIs who succeeded in protecting her human charges from the deadly attacks of the Silicon Life. Mensab attempts a forwarding that shunts Kyrii into an unstable space within Toha, where time and space warp at random, and he encounters a familiar face…
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