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by Catherine Linka

Age Range: 14 - 18

Pub Date: May 6th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-250-03929-3
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

In a darkly patriarchal dystopian future America, one girl finds the strength to fight for both love and revolution.

A mere 10 years ago, Scarpanol, a hormone used in American beef, spread cancer in 50 million women, wiping out generations like wildfire. Now, the Paternalist Movement controls the government, and teen girls are sold as wives under Contracts. Sixteen-year-old Avie Reveare lives a sequestered life under the care of her father, the CEO of Biocure Technologies, and her watchful bodyguard, while sneaking longing glances at her former best friend, student-turned-activist Yates. But it isn’t long before Avie’s sold for $50 million to Jessop Hawkins, a major supporter of the Paternalist Movement rich enough to save her father’s company from ruin. When Avie realizes her true feelings for Yates, it isn’t long before she’s spurred to flee to Canada, the only nearby country that welcomes girls breaking their Contracts. But the roads toward freedom are neither smooth nor short. Linka weaves a believable, disturbing dystopian future and never shies from violence or tragedy. Avie evolves into a bold protagonist at a brisk but authentic pace. Though Yates isn’t very compelling, the romance quickly takes a back seat, letting the revolution and the tense escape plot shine.

A deftly plotted portrait of the evolution of a teenage girl into a dystopian heroine. (Dystopian romance. 14-18)