This Dark Matter
They told him his world was destroyed.
And they were the last to escape.
They thought he was safe.
They were wrong.
Jim Wales can communicate with animals, but that’s not why he lives with a traveling carnival. Turns out his family’s been hiding him there since he was little, since someone started hunting all the scholars. Jim is a scholar—someone who can manipulate energy using magic—and he has no idea.
When a message arrives from Jim’s father—who supposedly died twelve years ago—Jim’s whereabouts are discovered, their carnival is attacked, and his mother is kidnapped. On the run with a strange glass map and a single coin, Jim finds himself racing to reclaim the father he thought he’d lost, plotting to save his mother, and discovering the truth about who he is.
But going home isn’t the same as being safe, and trust is everything.
GENRE: young adult fantasy adventure [Big Ink Books]
In the not too distant future on Planet Earth, an alien race has colonized the planet, creating a society whose only currency is energy. All children must join an Energy Crusade by the time they are eighteen. The higher the level of danger assigned to the Crusade, the higher the energy payout.
Kaia is human, and an Athlete for the Reformation Republic, making her an elite member of society. Her family has been untouched by the mysterious plague infecting the population in what appears to be a random outbreak. Those families who have been infected are marked as Unviables—a warning to potential mates. As an Athlete, Kaia knows that an Unviable is not a good genetic match for her, but Ajax is her childhood friend, and though he may bear the mark, she can’t help remembering their childhood bond. As they train for their Energy Crusade together, they learn things about each other that cement their bond. Along the way, they will encounter virtual fighters, cave dwellers, and resisters, all while competing with other teams to score a high paying crusade.
When the Resistance attempts to kidnap Kaia in the ruined city, everything she believes about her genetics, her government, and what it means to be an Unviable, will shatter. Kaia has tried to deny her special capabilities, but now that there are people fighting over her, she must accept her fate and decide where her loyalties lie.
Will Ajax stand by her side, or is he a part of the plot to take her away from all she knows and loves?
GENRE: young adult dystopian [ISBN: 978-1500379506 | Astraea Press]
It begins with an explosion. Lela White’s life hasn’t been the same since the space shuttle disintegrated into a bright blue sky when she was a ten year old girl. Since her mother disappeared without a word or explanation. Years later, the world has moved on, but Lela hasn’t.
Her precisely-ordered world revolves around both events. She can’t forget. She can’t let go. She can only prepare for the worst: the day she has to kill to keep the space shuttle from exploding again.
A novel that explores mental illness and the impact of national tragedies, The Trajectory of Dreams is told from the point of view of Lela White, a gravely mentally ill woman whose delusions compel her to break into astronauts’ homes to watch them sleep. Only her careful monitoring of their REM cycles and judgments about their fitness for space flight can keep the shuttle program safe. The greater good is the only thing that matters. She can’t be found out or have her work interrupted. Lela finds a way to balance her secret mission and her daytime job as a technician in Houston’s premiere sleep lab.
When Zory Korchagin, a Russian cosmonaut on loan to the U.S. shuttle program, finds himself drawn to Lela, he puts her carefully-constructed world at risk of an explosion as surely as he does his own upcoming launch. As Lela’s universe unravels, no one is safe.
GENRE: adult psychological thriller [ISBN: 978-1938463440 | Bitingduck Press]