The Fever in Urbicande by Benoit Peeters
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The second book in the original The Obscure Cities series, The Fever in Urbicande was first published in English by NBM in 1990 in black and white. This updated edition features an all-new translation by ALA award-winning translator Ivanka Hahnenberger and Stephen D. Smith, and beautiful new coloring supervised by Schuiten and Peeters.
Eugen Robick, Urbatect of Urbicande has been working on restructuring the city for the Commission of High Instances. With the South side completed, he wants to move on to the Northern part, in order to make the city symmetrical again. But the Rapporter General is not listening.
While thinking about how to convince the Commission of High Instances to continue construction, Robick receives a cube found during ground work for the Von Hardenberg company. The cube starts to grow and turns into a network. Soon the network is too big for his house and begins to disrupt the entire structure of Urbicande. When Robick's friend Thomas becomes the new Rapporter General, he asks for his help, but Robick has his own ideas about what to do and refuses.