In a dark future world, a teenager fights to save herself and her neighbors from a government that wants to destroy them all . . .
Humankind’s careless treatment of the planet has finally resulted in the death of nearly every living creature on Earth. The people who remain have been herded together into identical living “sectors” surrounded by impenetrable steel, and they’re forbidden to leave. Life is grim, but it goes on . . . until the new order decides to start the world over again.
Sixteen-year-old Sia knows she has only fifteen days left to live. She’s seen what has happened in other sectors. First the government removes the elite few whom it has chosen to inhabit their new society. Then a cyborg army is sent in to annihilate the rest of the population. And Sia’s sector is next.
Her father has virtually vanished. Her mother goes through these last days living in a haze of cheerless acceptance. Her best friend waits foolishly for a miracle. But Sia is determined to experience some of the small things she’s missed in her short life before the giant clock in the square ticks down to zero.
Then Mace appears, a proud, dangerous boy with secrets that could change the world. And suddenly, there’s a dim light in the darkness, beckoning to Sia with the forbidden promise of rebellion . . . and hope.
Fans of Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, and Pittacus Lore will enjoy this “chilling and all too plausible” story of a young woman persevering in the face of danger, and a terrifying future landscape that makes the worlds of Divergent and The Maze Runner seem like Disneyland (Emma Pass, author of ACID).
A Unique Twist on Shape-Shifters with Fast-Paced Action, Thrilling Adventure, Mystery, and a Bit of Romance
Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shape-shifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready. While practicing jumping a flaming hurdle in a clearing beside the circus, she spots a dark figure in the trees and fears he saw her shift. The news sends the circus into a panic.
In Flo’s world, shifters are unknown to humans with the exception of a secret organization—the EOS, referred to as “hunters.” Hunters capture and kill. They send some shifters to labs for observation and testing—testing they don’t often survive—and deem others useless, a danger to society, and eliminate them. To avoid discovery, shifters travel in packs, constantly moving and keeping themselves hidden. Up until now, the circus was the perfect disguise.
Believing she has brought attention to the group, Flo feels dread and anxiety, causing her to make a mistake in front of the audience during her performance—a mistake that triggers a violent attack from the hunters.
Flo manages to flee the torched circus grounds with Jett, the bear shifter who loves her; the annoying elephant triplets; and a bratty tiger named Pru. Together they begin a new journey, alone in a world they don’t understand and don’t know how to navigate. On the run, they unravel secrets and lies that surround the circus and their lives—secrets and lies that all point to the unthinkable: Have they been betrayed by the people they trusted most?
Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Shifters are unknown to the human world, with the exception of a secret organization—the EOS, referred to as “hunters.” Hunters capture and kill. Some shifters are taken to labs for testing—a place they will never leave—others are deemed useless, a danger to society, and are killed. Shifters travel in packs, constantly moving, and keep themselves hidden to avoid discovery.
Horse shifter Flo now travels in a wild pack with what remains of the shape-shifter circus she once performed in. She, bear shifter Jett, and the others seek a new home—somewhere they can feel safe and protected—and a fresh start. As they grow closer to this goal, someone who betrayed them in the past returns to ruin their best hope of finding a secure future.
With no memory of life before the circus, Flo, an orphan like the others, is unsure how to live in this new world. But then she’s presented with news: one of her relatives is alive. The discovery comes at a cost, but Flo and her friends will do anything to rescue family, even if it means facing the hunters again.