Kings and Queens rise and fall, loyalties collide, and romance blooms in a world where the sea is rising—and cannot be escaped.

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy—she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra—fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before—are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land—and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

Praise for Given to the Sea:
"Star-crossed love is at the heart of this darkly vivid tale, woven with hypnotic prose and captivatingly intense characters [. . .] Readers will be hypnotized by their relationships as well as the allure of the created world in this first book of the Given duet."—Romantic Times

"[T]his book isn't just about love triangles (or squares): themes of duty and fate are thickly woven into the fabric of this tale as each character grapples with balancing moral obligation against desire."—Kirkus Reviews

"Four neatly interlocking narratives build a riveting story about destiny [. . .] There’s plenty of gore, romance, plot twists, and cliff-hangers, but readers will also find thoughtful challenges to racism, misogyny, and cruelty—plus a strong feminist element too."—Booklist

"Readers willing to look at the larger ensemble cast, the characters’ connections, and the subsequent political machinations may appreciate the world building and the disturbing but satisfying ending."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
生物界的雌性,往往比同物種的雄性更殘忍致命,

為何人類的社會裡,反而是女性活在暴力陰影之下?

決定不再沉默旁觀的少女,以染血的雙手守護弱者,

卻將自己逼向困獸般的絕境……



愛倫坡獎最佳青少年小說得主挑戰「強暴文化」爭議主題

殘酷與溫柔並存的黑暗成長故事


★兒童文學工作者—幸佳慧、國立臺北藝術大學副教授/諮商心理師—許皓宜、

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亞莉懂得如何殺人,而且絲毫不為此內疚,因為命喪她手下的人死有餘辜。


在亞莉上高中的那年,相依為命的姊姊安娜慘遭強暴、殺害,棄置於荒野的屍首幾乎腐爛殆盡時才被發現。儘管小鎮上的居民都對凶手是誰心裡有數,那個人卻由於罪證不足而逍遙法外。憤怒且悲傷的亞莉找到凶手、殺掉了他,小心地抹滅掉所有可能讓自己遭到懷疑的痕跡。


原本在學校就是邊緣人的亞莉,為了避免自己的復仇之舉曝光,更加獨來獨往。然而,渴望打破乖乖牌形象的牧師之女克萊兒、和學校運動場上的風雲人物傑克,卻都熱切地想要走入她的生活。她很開心和克萊兒結為好友,也驚喜於傑克對她的好感,卻又害怕自己釋出的一點點友善會暴露祕密、讓他們再也不敢接近她。


當克萊兒與傑克帶她步出封閉的生活,亞莉發現周遭不斷有女孩在偏僻的郊外、在熱鬧的派對、甚至在熟悉的家裡,像她的姊姊一樣成為受人侵犯掠奪的獵物。不管是循規蹈矩的克萊兒,或是聲名狼藉的啦啦隊美女,都險遭厄運。她不只一次察覺異狀、出手阻止,雖然得到女生的感激、男生的敬畏,但她深知自己的作為還不夠,不足以改變情勢,也不足以讓為惡者付出代價。


最後一個學期來臨,亞莉和傑克的感情逐漸穩定,又雙雙獲得大學入學資格和獎學金,她終於有了離開小鎮、重新開始的機會和動機。但是,當她發現鎮上又有其他強暴犯即將逃脫法網,她決定再度下手殺戮,因為那是她心中唯一能保護無辜弱者的方法——儘管她不知道自己能否再一次逃過警方的懷疑與歹徒的反擊,也不知道這個祕密是否可以永遠藏在她心中、不被她最珍視的人們發現……


【佳評讚譽】


「我承認,我開始讀這本書時期待的是一種女性主義式的、《夢魘殺魔》風格的幻想滿足體驗。然而,我得到的是一個痛苦、複雜但最終救贖人心的故事,呈現了強暴文化的險惡,以及將之拆解所需要的努力。最後幾頁讓我眼中盈滿淚水、心中充滿憤怒與希望。」

——李.芭度葛,【格里莎三部曲】作者


「在我們目前的政治情勢下,這本書登場的時機完美得令人毛骨悚然。麥金尼斯在這部獻給受暴者的作品中,以精準而優雅的技巧探討了希望與暴力、愛與恨的對立。」

——《紐約時報》


「麥金尼斯優雅巧妙地避免了創作青少年復仇者角色時的窠臼陷阱,保持一種穿透人心的寫實感。」

——《出版人週刊》


「安娜慘遭謀殺的命運,在三個主角的心中縈繞不去,而亞莉以殘酷的效率計劃、執行了復仇,將他們三人引向無法回頭的爆炸性駭人結局。這本書毫不閃避地直視強暴文化及其效應。」

——《科克斯評論》


「一部陰暗得驚人但筆調優美的悲劇......點綴著真誠人性情感的倏忽閃現。」

——《學校圖書館期刊》


【讀者迴響】


「這是我長期以來看過最棒的現代背景小說之一,主要因為它毫不費力地平衡了(A)出色的道德問題辯證、(B)對強暴文化與社會的批判、(C)道德的灰色地帶、(D)謀殺情節、(E)我讀過的書裡最複雜且令人驚奇的幾位角色。」

——Goodreads讀者C. G. Drews


「這本書以陰暗的風格直率無懼地呈現了強暴文化、蕩婦羞辱的現象,以及性侵害造成的長期後遺症——不僅對於受害者,也對於他們周遭親近的人。所有的角色都複雜深刻且發展充分,不論是獨立表現,或是他們與家人、與彼此的關係皆然。」

——Goodreads讀者Emily May


「一開始,我驚訝於這本小說的粗魯直接,但我現在認為這對故事而言是合理且必要的。這是個會讓我一直擺在心上的故事,我在現實生活中見到書中談及的行為時,也一定仍然會想到它。我無法說盡這個故事對我有多麼重要。」

——Goodreads讀者Jordan



出版社? 臉譜 (城邦)

Kings and Queens rise and fall, loyalties collide, and romance blooms in a world where the sea is rising—and cannot be escaped.

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy—she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra—fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before—are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land—and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

Praise for Given to the Sea:
"Star-crossed love is at the heart of this darkly vivid tale, woven with hypnotic prose and captivatingly intense characters [. . .] Readers will be hypnotized by their relationships as well as the allure of the created world in this first book of the Given duet."—Romantic Times

"[T]his book isn't just about love triangles (or squares): themes of duty and fate are thickly woven into the fabric of this tale as each character grapples with balancing moral obligation against desire."—Kirkus Reviews

"Four neatly interlocking narratives build a riveting story about destiny [. . .] There’s plenty of gore, romance, plot twists, and cliff-hangers, but readers will also find thoughtful challenges to racism, misogyny, and cruelty—plus a strong feminist element too."—Booklist

"Readers willing to look at the larger ensemble cast, the characters’ connections, and the subsequent political machinations may appreciate the world building and the disturbing but satisfying ending."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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