SLAVE

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There is no sun. There is no moon. There is only gray—the smog belched from coal-fueled factories. The Workers silently shuffle to their assigned posts. The Outcasts watch from the alley walls. On every corner, a Watcher stands stone-faced, a rifle in hand. This is the only life that exists. Beyond the mountains is a dream. But dreams are foolish in a place like this.

Hannah has spent nineteen years dodging Watchers and doing as she is told.

Do not look Watchers in the eye. Don’t give them a reason to notice you.

But when she wakes to the valley exploding in revolution, Hannah is forced onto a dangerous path, where nothing is what she believed. Suddenly freedom is in her grasp, and the way there requires working with the men she once feared.

 

“With one twist after another, SLAVE keeps you hooked until the last page. But the best thing about this book is the emotion it evoked in every scene. I could feel every emotion she experienced, and few books can do that well.”

“I have been trying to find the word that best describes this book. However I can’t think of just one word as it is awesome, suspenseful, spine tingling, edge of your seat, nail biting good.”

 

Author note: The first inspiration for Slave was a documentary I watched on the pollution in an area of China. A little girl was asked if she had ever seen the stars. She said no, and it stuck with me. Second was a song in which one line says: “I’m no longer a slave to fear”. I was a slave to fear for many years, struggling with intense social anxiety. In many ways the theme of this book was drawn from that struggle, though the correlation might not be obvious. When readers hear the words YA Dystopian, they often think of The Hunger Games, Divergent, or The Maze Runner. I tried hard to write a unique and original story. The only similarity that comes to mind might be the early setting in Slave. You find an oppressed people laboring to manufacture goods for the nation, comparable to Hunger Games. But even that is quite different.

Note: There is reference to torture in the story, but it is carefully described so as not to be graphic. The concept, however, may be upsetting for some readers.