It’s year 0093 in the New Calendar, 2165 in the Old.
The family is gone. Art is gone. Culture is gone. What's left of science is focused entirely on artificial reproductive technology.
The world is divided into two groups: the all-male, fiercely hierarchical Council of The Brotherhood Orders, and Settlers, poor people who scratch a living in the countryside.
The past is a forbidden topic. To the Council, it's "the Before." To the Settlers, "The Time of Ignorance."
Settler women are used by the Council as surrogates to breed sons for Alphas. The Council plans to mass produce male children with two genetic fathers, using lobotomized women as wombs.
These grand plans don't concern half-brothers Jed and Max Kleer. Reared in privileged cohorts, they are washouts. They share little except a high-ranking Alpha -- and a mysterious bond neither understands.
Forty-nine-year-old Jed was booted from a top job in the prestigious Appraisal Department after an alcoholic breakdown. He toils in the dreary Archives, enduring the taunts of snotty interns, popping alcohol replacement pills, yearning to return to Appraisal, where he had the power to order what to keep and what to destroy from the Before.
Max lives in a squatter community, bartering junk, smoking pellets, and defying authority like a forty-six-year old adolescent.
Jed's hopes come true when he is reinstated to Appraisal, but to a post in the Sonoran Desert. He misses Max, but he’ll soldier on.
In a drunken card game, Jed wins a prize: Hannah Joyner, a young girl abducted from a village back east. Two weeks later, Max shows up, needing to lie low. The brothers resolve to guide Hannah home.
What could possibly go wrong?
The journey they start won't be the one they finish.
Technium defies the conventions of the dystopian genre by combining romance, humor and lyrical meditations on the America that once was and may one day be. It consists of two volumes, The Brothers of Redemption, and A Daughter of Her People.