On Sale: July 4, 2017
Featuring: Danyl; Alania
Hardcover / e-Book
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Two young individuals must uncover the dark secrets of
their stratified city in this suspenseful sci-fi standalone
The metal City towers at the center of the mountain-ringed
Heartland, standing astride the deep
chasm of the Canyon like a malevolent giant, ruled with an
iron fist by the First Officer and his Provosts in the name
of the semi-mythical Captain. Within its corroding walls
lies a stratified society, where the Officers dwell in
luxury on the Twelfth Tier while the poor struggle to
survive on the First and Second, and outcasts scrabble and
fight for whatever they can find in the Middens, the Cityâ€™s
rubbish heap, filling the Canyon beneath its dripping
Alania, ward of an Officer, lives on Twelfth. Raised among
the privileged class, Alania feels as
though she is some sort of pampered prisoner, never
permitted to explore the many levels of the City. And
certainly not allowed to leave the confines of the City for
any reason. She has everything a young woman could want
except a loving family and personal freedom.
Danyl, raised by a scavenger, knows no home but the Middens. His
day-to-day responsibility is to stay alive. His sole
ambition is to escape from this subsistence existence and
gain entrance to the Cityâ€”so near and yet so far out of
reachâ€”in hopes of a better life.
Their two very different worlds collide when Alania, fleeing
unexpected ambush, plunges from the heights of the City down
to the Middens, and into Danylâ€™s life.
Almost immediately, both of them find themselves pursued by the
First Officerâ€™s Provosts, for reasons they cannot fathomâ€”but
which they must uncover if they are to survive. The secrets
they unlock, as they flee the Canyon and crisscross the
Heartland from the Cityâ€™s farmlands to the mountains of the
north and back again, will determine not only their fate,
but the fate of the Cityâ€¦and everyone who lives there.
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