On an occupied island, the only hope for freedom is born in a primitive village on a tribal reservation – a mythical entity that grants superpowers, known as Beastosis.
After their parents disappear from their village, Taibang and his little brother Luan must depend on each other for survival. Because of the shortage of resources on the tribal reservation, Taibang must compete with his fellow villagers to snatch up the provisions that are air-dropped in by an occupying army.
One day, the brothers are unexpectedly selected to be assistants to the village emissary, which means they must follow the emissary on a journey beyond the mountains that gird the reservation, to the remains of an ancient village where the army has set up camp. Along the way they encounter many strange sights, including a red-faced totem that appears to conceal a momentous secret. Yet, after arriving at the ruins, the brothers soon realize they have only taken the first small steps towards understanding how vast, and dangerous, their world truly is.
Elsewhere, in a cold northern city, a graduate student named Lily faces an uncertain future. When her close friend falls victim to serial killer, Lily decides to track down the murderer herself, regardless of the dangers it might entail. At the same time, a mysterious force is awakened within her, releasing repressed memories from a decade before. As Lily approaches her inevitable confrontation with evil, how will she face up to the conflicts of the past?
Beastosis is the latest fantasy novel from literary and children’s book author Chiou Charng-Ting. Epic in scale, the novel is set in a richly imagined and seamlessly crafted world where a resistance movement struggles against authoritarian rule, and steadfast friendships are forged among those suffering from oppression. Action, romance, and suspense are all given their due as multiple narratives unfold across a range of settings, delivering a reading experience unlike anything readers have seen before.