Pine never wanted to be a real girl.
But when the sentient androids of Foxwept Province are emancipated, she finds herself with little choice. Sent from her beloved Ghostlight Sea to the human city of Portfade, Pine must find herself a new place in a world that doesn’t respect the humanity it gave her.
Ex-soldier James Cruicéad isn’t thrilled about her liberation either. He’s had his own experiences with synadroids, and none of them good. They’re dangerous and unpredictable, and the one newly acquired by his mentor is no exception, no matter how naïve—and fascinating—she may seem.
But when James is tasked with watching over Pine, the pair are forced to confront some harsh truths—not only about the feelings they have for each other, but about the new era they both live in.
When the time comes to sink or swim, will they drown? Or will they be able to cross the ocean that divides them and discover what it really means to be alive?
Pine, Alive is a standalone science fiction romance retelling of Collodi’s Pinocchio and also the first book in the Foxwept Array series—where the future is a fairy tale.
A.W. Cross is a made of 100% starstuff and lives in the wilds of Canada with her beloved family and a deep nostalgia for the 80s.