Everyone wants him dead because of the powers they assume he has. Max must awaken those powers and break the secret of the ultimate pattern ... before he breaks the world.
Max Teller is on the run for his life on Abacabax, a world of incredible patterns, danger and beauty that stands on the brink of destruction. Four families, each with unique abilities, are locked in a struggle for power and revenge while dark creatures have united with deadly purpose. Max is lost and alone, not knowing whom to trust and unable to awaken the powers that everyone assumes he has. Armed only with a broken abacus and his unconventional imagination, he must make unlikely allies and battle the growing awareness that he may be the one destined to destroy the world.
Abacabax is the exciting new novel in a fantasy world like no other. The denizens of this world have powers they use by “reckoning,” a form of calculating. The original family, the Dijins, use simple finger reckoning. Bone-Throwers, the mysterious and seldom-seen second family, calculate using human bones. The third family, the Calculists, use stones and stone tablets and have mighty military power. The fourth family, the Abacists, use abacuses and are the most powerful, though very few in number following a recent catastrophe.It is nearly the time of the Great Divide when a fifth family will be born. Despite the marked hierarchy of powers and abilities of the families, each family has a member who has developed new methods of reckoning and stands as a candidate to become the New Origin, the leader of the newest and most powerful family on the planet. Some will stop at nothing to be sure their family is the next to ascend …
Abacabax includes illustrations and appendices detailing how to reckon in the manner of each of the four families. Learn to calculate on your fingers, on a stone tablet or abacus, and even using bones. (Human finger bones not included!)
Reviews of Abacabax from GoodReads:
“This was a very interesting, exciting and capturing book to read. Something totally different from books in this genre that I have read before. From start to end you are taken in to a world of beauty, magic and mathematics. It is filled with strange, strong characters with different abilities, using their powers for the good and the bad. It is playful, scary, fun and with a lot of surprises. A stunning, breathtaking adventure. A real page-turner - I couldn't put it down!”
“A fascinating story, well written and interesting. I wish it was twice as long. Recommended to anyone with an imagination and mandatory to those with an imagination and an affinity for numbers, systems and maths in general.”
“I truly enjoyed reading this book. It is not only exciting... it also has a great educational value: it inspired me to learn more about mathematics. The reader does not need to know much about math or even like it in order to become captivated by the story – and bewitched by the power of math or the power of recognizing patterns behind the surface. Abacabax reveals patterns (with the help of powerful visualizations) in everything from nature, the landscape, and the tools used by its inhabitants, to hieroglyphics and music. Abacabax seduces the reader to see the beauty and similarity behind different forms. Reckoning tools and capabilities are key to great powers, which can be used to do good or evil in the World. Having read Abacabax, I bought myself an abacus for playing with numbers in a new way.”