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Arena One by Morgan Rice
This self-published novel is the first in what sounds to be a truly promising dystopian trilogy!
Synopsis - "New York. 2120. America has been wiped out by the second civil war, decimated. In this post-apocalyptic world, survivors are far and few between. Violent gangs are predators in the remaining cities. They hunt out other survivors dotted across the country to enslave in their favourite sport - Arena One. The death stadium where opponents are made to fight to the death, in the most barbaric of ways. There is only one rule to the arena: no one survives. Ever.
17 year old Brooke Moore manages to survive in the wilderness with her 10 year old sibling, Bree. They've faught for survival, struggling to find the necessities for the past 3 years, clinging to life the best they could. But one day, Brooke is too careless and Bree is taken by the slaverunners; taken to compete in Arena One.
Determined to salvage her sister's life, Brooke sets off after the slaverunners; a merciless rescue mission. By chance, Brooke meets, Ben, a 17 year old boy whose brother has also been taken and they form an unlikely team fueled by love, fear and determination.
Will they find their siblings? Will they have to compete in arena one? Will anyone survive?.."
That was kind of a mash-up between my synopsis and Amazon's synopsis. It sounds AMAZING so I highly recommend you check it out! It's £0.99 as an ebook on Amazon or £10.99 for a paperback. I've ordered the paperback as I like to have books in the flesh and it's nice to help out self-published authors! Let me know what you think!
Earth Girl - Janet Edwards
This novel isn't released until the 16th of August but it's definitely one to check out!
I haven't read this novel but it's on my to-read pile! Here's the synopsis I borrowed from Goodreads.
"2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.
Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.
A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter."
The Lost Girl - Sangu Mandanna
This novel sounds truly amazing! It almost sounds like a dystopian/sci-fi mash-up like the majority of books in this trend. It sounds strong and unique.
Synopsis from Goodreads - "Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other”, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.
But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.
Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive."
Unfortunately this novel isn't due out until the 28th of August *sigh* Add it to your to-read pile or better yet, pre-order it now!