By Ramona Finn
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: September 5th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
On the brink of extinction, being human means more than just surviving.
In Lib’s world, it’s dangerous to deviate from the norm. In fact, for someone who doesn’t live up to the Artificial Intelligence’s standards, it’s practically a death sentence. Lib learns this the hard way when she wakes up in a barren wasteland, with her memories erased, and only one thought lodged in her mind:
“It’s all my fault.”
Lib is a Glitch—an imperfect human component of the utopian world called the Norm. Now she’s thrown out, Lib will be forced to team up with another Glitch, Raj, and the mysterious Rogue Wolf and his clan to survive. Wolf only cares about the survival of his group, but Raj thinks they can hack the A.I. and change the Norm for the better.
Now, Lib will have to decide which path to choose—whether to go with striking loner Raj or stay with Wolf and his tight-knit group. Her heart is drawn to both, but she’s carrying a deadly secret that could jeopardize them all. Will she be able to save her newfound family and stop the A.I. before it’s too late?
The Coffin turns out to be a box in a ditch. It smells like wet animals and stale mold. The ditch looks hollowed out by hand. Dirt and straw line the inside. Beneath that is metal of some kind, half rusted just like the walls, which are taller than I am. I can stand straight, but I’d rather lie down. The top is open with bars across it. They don’t look rusted. Bear slings some kind of nearly transparent material over the bars. From under the cloth, I can see shadows that move but no details.
I am a prisoner. But I’m too tired to care.
Bear comes back to pull away the cloth and hand down a hunk of something that smells good. It’s charred and tough, but I eat what I can. Bear also leaves a small jug of stone with sweet, cold water. I drink it all, and my eyes keep drifting closed. When Bear leaves, I lie down and wiggle a little to get as comfortable as I can in the dirt and straw.
I know Wolf put me here because he doesn’t trust me. I don’t know why that bothers me like it does.
Eyes closing, I try not to think. It’s not comfortable here, but it’s not uncomfortable either. The straw itches, but I am warm. In fact, I could be nonfunctional anywhere right now.
My mind starts to drift. That’s when I hear a woman say my name.
Has Skye come to help me? But the voice sounds wrong. The voice isn’t really here. I know that, but I don’t know how I know.
Lib, this is important. Do you understand?
Suddenly, I am not in this hole anymore. I’m back in that cool, blue room. I know this place…don’t I? I know it from more than just having been here during the connect.
Differences are bad. They are destructive. Humanity embraced them, praised them. As a result, humanity failed. If not for me, the human race would not even be a memory.
Her voice is soothing…and so familiar in a way that nothing else could ever be. She cares for me. She is my everything.
This is why Glitches must be cast out.
I flinch because that word applies to me now. A worming dissatisfaction crawls under my skin. But I am an important Glitch. I am necessary. Aren’t I?
You understand why you must go.
I don’t understand! I want to shout the words. I want to bunch a fist and yell and hit something. With a shout, I sit up.
It’s dark…I am still in the hole. That Coffin. I am alone—and even the memory of her voice is fading. But was it a memory or something else? A wish?
I am no closer to knowing the answer than I am to knowing who I am, but now my shoulders slump with the burden of sadness. It claws at me like something trying to tear me apart from the inside. The woman—the one speaking in my head—is important to me. Is she Mother? Or someone else?
All I know it that she cast me out.
Lying down again, I shiver. I am truly alone.
About the Author
Ramona Finn writes about courageous characters who fight to live in broken, dystopian worlds. She believes a person’s true characters is often revealed in times of crisis, and there is no greater crisis than the worlds that she drops her characters into!
She grew up sitting cross-legged on her town’s library floor–completely engrossed in science fiction books. It was always the futuristic world or the universe-on-the-brink-of-extinction plotlines that drew her in, but it was the brave characters who chose to fight back that kept her turning the pages.
Her books create deep, intricate worlds with bold characters determined to fight for their survival in their dystopian worlds–with a little help from their friends. And, of course, romance is never out of the question 😉