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Published by Clean Teen Publishing
Release Date: May 17, 2013
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Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033—her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister, who is her only family and entire world. She hopes they will be lawfully reunited, but is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape the captivity of Miles County so that they can be together.
Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to those who dare to cross the electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of technology. Even if they were to survive the escape, disappearing into the forgotten forests and towns of the past seems an impossible task.
What Sydney doesn't know is that she is the particular interest of two opposing forces. With deceit, fear, and warfare surrounding her—can she trust the party that aims to help with her fight against the other? Can she open her heart to receive and return unexpected love? When her sister’s life becomes jeopardized, Sydney will have to weigh a new love against the only enduring love she has known. The cost could be deadly…
How will she choose?
GABRIELLE ARROWSMITH enjoyed writing her debut novel, Concealed in the Shadows, during a lovely Minnesota summer that she had off from her primary profession, teaching. Acting, playing and coaching soccer, reading, playing piano, and spending time with family and friends are among her other interests.
Thank you to The Howling Turtle and their amazing blog followers for allowing me to do a guest post. Below you will find a guest post on the draw of dystopias.
The Draw of Dystopias
Humans often develop the strongest bond with and understanding of one another after sharing prolonged or profound suffering. Pain and sorrow are things that we all must experience at some time in our lives. In a way, we are grateful when we do not have to face them alone.
As readers, we immerse ourselves into the lives of the characters who live in our cherished books. We come to cherish them. In the dystopian genre in particular, we find ample ground for suffering and fear which our dear ones face. The fear pulls our hearts into theirs and the suffering knots the two together, binding us to the heroes before they emerge. We feel frustrated by the oppression they suffer, we relate to their fears, and we contemplate their choices in the face of adversity. Ultimately, we grow with these characters. Sometimes, we connect so strongly with a character and/or their situation that we find it difficult to let them go after we've finished reading. We're desperate for more because, like the characters, we become the strongest and feel the most fulfilled after we've lived through our weakest moments and conquered anyone who aims to make us feel that way.
I believe dystopian novels will be forever powerful as their relevance to human existence cannot be challenged.
“To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” –Friedrich Nietzsche
“Strange how people who suffer together have stronger connections than those who are most content.” –Bob Dylan
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