Skin Deep

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 Beauty is supposed to be more than skin deep, but in Ravyn’s world the Desirables rule and the Undesirables hide their faces.

Ravyn hates the system and wants nothing more than to be left alone in her workshop, but her life is turned upside down when she’s voted Fairest Of Them All and becomes a direct threat to the most powerful woman on the planet.

In order to survive, Ravyn must fight and overthrow the current government with little more than her own strength and seven dysfunctional robots.

Can she change a whole world, or will she be crushed under the wheels of the status quo?

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About the author

Saffron is a young Australian author with a passion for both writing and reading. She has been fascinated by fantasy and science fiction books from a young age with Lord of the Rings being one of her favourites. 

Saffron recently completed a PhD in chemistry.

After getting sick of reading about weak female characters in science fiction she decided to write her own and thus The Nova Chronicles were born. She describes them as a mash-up of Dr Who, Tomb Raider, and Firefly - all rolled into one.

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Saffron Bryant
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Pages
129
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
Young Adult Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
Young Adult Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
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