Understand what a world had to do to survive.
When the Locust Horde burst from the ground fifteen years ago to
slaughter the human population of Sera, mankind began a desperate
war against extinction. Now after a decade and a half of bloody
fighting, and with billions dead, the survivors-the Gears of the
Coalition of Ordered Governments, along with a small band of
civilians-have been forced to destroy their own cities and
sacrifice their entire civilization to halt the Locust advance.
The last-ditch measures have succeeded, but at an enormous cost:
the survivors have been reduced to a handful of refugees.
Escaping to a haven on the remote island of Vectes, they begin
the heartbreaking task of rebuilding their devastated world. For a
while, there's hope . . . making peace with old enemies, and once
again planning for the future.
But the short respite is shattered when Vectes comes under siege
from an even deadlier force than the Locust-the Lambent, a hideous
and constantly mutating life-form that destroys everything in its
path. As the Lambent's relentless assault spreads from the mainland
to the island, the refugees finally understand what drove the
Locust from their underground warrens and sparked the global
While Marcus Fenix and the Gears struggle to hold back the
invasion, the Coalition faces a stark choice-fight this new enemy
to the last human, or flee to the wastelands to take their chances
and live like the human pariahs known as the Stranded . . . even as
Coalition chairman Richard Prescott still guards one last, terrible
secret about the Locust, the Lambent, and the future of mankind. .