Curious about my second book for Tor? I've put up part of Chapter 1 on the Next Release! page.
Overhead, the beetle whirred to rest, cupped wings lifting to allow a controlled vertical landing. With a series of loud clicks it nestled into the sand, hover gear lowering and locking back against the hull. The lusterless, black skin of the vessel looked like rubber, but she knew it was a secreted resin. As she stared, frozen to the spot, the hull lightened from jet to blond, until it was almost invisible against the sand. The Manti had learned from and quickly surpassed their reckless creators—their extreme biomimicry techniques had yielded technologies both functional and fantastic.