In an alternate 1947 filled with mystical creatures, Singapuran boy-soldier Naufal Jazair is bonded to the merlion Bahana and enlisted in a war against an aggressive neighbour. Meanwhile, in a dystopian Singapore in 2047, SAF officer Titus Ang is tasked with entering Naufal’s universe and retrieving a merlion to save the future of Singapore from the Concordance, a hive intelligence that is close to consuming what remains of humanity.
“A powerful monster of a novel. Intertwining myth and history, gender and sexuality, human and animal, Altered Straits adds its own unique voice to the growing tradition of speculative fiction in Singaporean writing."
—Philip Holden, author of Heaven Has Eyes and Professor of English, NUS
Page Count: 384
Year Published: 2017