Fresh from the triumph of his Ellroyesque crime saga Maror (see my review), ”Neom” is the second book in a loose series called Central Station, set in a distant future in the shifting sands of the Middle East. A lush dreamscape written in Lavie Tidhar’s wonderful prose, the novel brings together a flower seller, a police officer, a laconic, creaky robot, a returning art-terrorist, an orphan gleaning boy, and quite possibly, a legendary golden man. With beautiful precision, the author gathers up the pieces, towards an event bringing the assemblage in futuristic city Neom of ancient warrior machines. Neom is a brilliant feat of imagination and writing that grips from the first page. I commend it to you.