Wanted as a terrorist, Avie works to save herself and the ones she loves without giving in to the vicious Paternalists.
After the horrific shootout in Salvation, Idaho, Avie and Luke are on the run, leaving Yates to recover from his wounds. They hide in plain sight, masquerading as a married couple and altering their appearances. Meanwhile, every news bulletin and magazine display Avie’s face and the promise of a massive reward for her return to her betrothed, politician Jessop Hawkins. Luke leads them to Laramie, Wyoming, enlisting the help of a friend of his father’s he hopes will aid them in delivering damning evidence against the Paternalist Party to Washington, D.C. But Avie senses something off about this new acquaintance, and her fears soon prove well-founded. Suddenly their road to revolution veers off course, and Avie finds herself trapped, able to help her friends only if she sells her own beliefs down the river, along with any hope of being with Yates again. Avie and Luke’s travels are rich with immersive, chilling atmosphere, quirky allies, and conniving townspeople. The middle lags as the struggle shifts inward to Avie’s internal turmoil and away from direct action. But the arduous march toward ending the brutality of the Paternalist Party will keep readers turning pages long into the night.
A realistic, sobering conclusion to the battle between one girl and a looming, Atwood-ian society. (Dystopian romance. 14-18)