Genre: Young Adult Fiction or romantic speculative fiction/ political thriller)
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: May 2014
No. of pages: 355
Formats available: Hardback and ebook
Avie knows her life is over when her dad “Contracts” her in marriage to millionaire Jessop Hawkins. Hawkins has bought Avie to be his first lady as he runs for governor of California on the Paternalist ticket. But Avie’s lifelong friend, Yates, believes she has the strength to flee to freedom in Canada. As Yates draws her into the secret world of Exodus, their friendship turns to passion, and freedom means leaving Yates and hoping they can reunite over the border.
This romantic spec fiction/political thriller is set in a contemporary America upended by the deaths of millions of women from a hormone in meat. Teenage girls are a valuable and restricted commodity “protected” by guards, gates and Paternal Controls on phones, internet and media. After Avie leaves the mansions of LA and Malibu, she learns dangerous truths about who controls the US government. Pursued by federal agents as she heads for the border, Avie must find the courage Yates always believed she possessed.
Winner of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Young Adult Novel Award 2014
Finalist for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award 2015
Selected by the American Booksellers Association for the Summer 2014 Kids Indie Next list which recommends their top picks among this season’s children’s and young adult books.
Nominated for the Amelia Bloomer Project 2014 by the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association
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