Torn Apart

Wasteland

Book 2
Sweenix Rising Books
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The second book in the YA apocalyptic Wasteland trilogy. 

What if the fight for survival isn’t worth the cost?

The collective isn’t the safe haven Alessandro had hoped it would be. Many of the members suspect he’d sell them out in an instant for his own benefit, and the threat of more assaults coupled with the dwindling food supply have left them with no other choice than to search for a more defensible location. 

Valeria is doing her best to grapple with her losses and adjust to her new reality, but when the collective’s leaders reveal the location of a secret underground agricultural facility and announce plans to move there, she fears they’re putting too much stock in the hope that the facility will be their salvation. Yet if everyone is to survive, they’ll need the facility’s technology to grow their own food.

The perilous journey turns out to be the least of their worries. After a devastating betrayal, can the collective find the will to stay together or will they too dissolve, pitting member against member in a deadly battle for existence?

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About the author

Nicole has progressed from scribbling in notebooks to banging on keyboards, but she’s never managed to stop daydreaming at inappropriate moments.

When not answering the demands of her characters, Nicole can often be found curled up with a good book or spending far too many hours acting the hero in whatever video game is her obsession of the moment.

One of Nicole’s other great passions is travel. She loves being married to a native Belgian, both because she likes the idea of being “The American” and because it gives her plenty of excuses to visit Europe—that wondrous land of coffee, chocolate, pastry—as often as possible.

Michigan born and raised, Nicole lives there with her honorary Michigander/Belgian husband and her two children. 

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Publisher
Sweenix Rising Books
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Published on
Jun 8, 2018
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Pages
257
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / LGBT / Gay
Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Young Adult Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
Young Adult Fiction / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Young Adult Fiction / Diversity & Multicultural
Young Adult Fiction / LGBT
Young Adult Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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Book 1 of the YA apocalyptic Wasteland trilogy.


When environmental collapse forces the Job Creators to retreat to sealed domes, those left behind have two choices: fight for survival or perish.


For years, seventeen-year-old Alessandro Bonanno has managed to scrape out a living by digging out scrap from derelict buildings. Were it not for his determination to save his seven-year-old brother, Enzo, Alessandro might have chosen the easy way out, as his father has, disappearing down a bottle of cheap liquor. 


Alessandro’s situation becomes far more precarious and dangerous when the Creators flee, taking all semblance of law and order with them. With no other options, he agrees to work for a crime lord in exchange for protection for himself and his brother. But the deeper the crime lord draws Alessandro into her web, the more he fears he and his brother will never escape.


Born seventeen years ago on a Creator’s farming collective, Valeria Lagunes has never known anything other than a life of toil under the relentless sun. Despite what the Creators’ propaganda insists, crop yields are dwindling with each passing year, begging the question of which lives will be prioritized when there isn’t enough food to go around.


Yet as terrified as Valeria is of the impending famine, those fears are nothing compared to what her community must face when the Creators abandon them. Suddenly, the people of the collective are no longer just simple farmers. In this new lawless world, they must become warriors in order to defend their own. But can Valeria live with herself when forced to make decisions that go against every conviction she holds most dear?

Book 1 of the YA apocalyptic Wasteland trilogy.


When environmental collapse forces the Job Creators to retreat to sealed domes, those left behind have two choices: fight for survival or perish.


For years, seventeen-year-old Alessandro Bonanno has managed to scrape out a living by digging out scrap from derelict buildings. Were it not for his determination to save his seven-year-old brother, Enzo, Alessandro might have chosen the easy way out, as his father has, disappearing down a bottle of cheap liquor. 


Alessandro’s situation becomes far more precarious and dangerous when the Creators flee, taking all semblance of law and order with them. With no other options, he agrees to work for a crime lord in exchange for protection for himself and his brother. But the deeper the crime lord draws Alessandro into her web, the more he fears he and his brother will never escape.


Born seventeen years ago on a Creator’s farming collective, Valeria Lagunes has never known anything other than a life of toil under the relentless sun. Despite what the Creators’ propaganda insists, crop yields are dwindling with each passing year, begging the question of which lives will be prioritized when there isn’t enough food to go around.


Yet as terrified as Valeria is of the impending famine, those fears are nothing compared to what her community must face when the Creators abandon them. Suddenly, the people of the collective are no longer just simple farmers. In this new lawless world, they must become warriors in order to defend their own. But can Valeria live with herself when forced to make decisions that go against every conviction she holds most dear?

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Spensa's world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what's left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa's dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father's--a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa's chances of attending flight school at slim to none.

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