Having already read Volumes 2 & 3 (with some difficulty regarding continuity), it is rewarding to read the first volume and see how things started and developed. Lazarus refers to Forever, part of the Carlyle family that dominate grain production in the USA in this collection about a possible future: there are the dominant families, serfs and waste – those who are neither family nor serfs. There is rivalry between the dominant families with bloodshed spilt but the Carlyle family is split and conspiracies abound.
All is not as it seems – especially regarding Forever's existence. Flashbacks give us more information about her “creation”.
Engaging stuff, well worth a look and highly recommended.