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Inside the dome, 117 tube-born kids lived free of contamination. Trained since birth, they were almost ready to launch their ships and leave the dying planet behind. They were humanity’s final hope to avoid extinction. Their mission would be to explore the farthest reaches of the galaxy seeking out a habitable world free of the C-1 virus.
They tried not to think of conditions outside the dome where the virus had driven the last of the uninfected into the ground, into dark bunkers where they waited to be rooted out by cannibalistic hordes. Streets had become boneyards. Weeds grew inside long-forgotten government buildings.
Fifteen-year-old Genevieve Fifthborn knew all this, she was fully aware that the world was coming to an end, but on the island of The Eden Project she had much bigger problems, boy problems. Only her first love might risk far more than a broken heart, it just might bring about the end of our species.
When her best friend Heather calls in the middle of the night, Becca assumes it’s the usual drama. Wrong. Heather’s parents have been arrested as dissidents – and Becca’s mother, the dystopian regime’s most infamous torturer, has already executed them for their crimes against the state.
To stop Heather from getting herself killed trying to prove her parents’ innocence, Becca hunts for proof of their guilt. She doesn’t expect to find evidence that leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about the dissidents… and about her mother.
When she risks her life to save a dissident, she learns her mother isn’t the only one with secrets – and the plot she uncovers will threaten the lives of the people she loves most. For Becca, it’s no longer just a choice between risking execution and ignoring the regime’s crimes; she has to decide whose life to save and whose to sacrifice.
It’s easy to be a hero when you can save the world, but what about when all you can do is choose how you live in it? THE TORTURER’S DAUGHTER is a story about ordinary teenage life amidst the realities of living under an oppressive regime… and the extraordinary courage it takes to do what’s right in a world gone wrong.
What they’re saying about it:
“Cannon is a top-notch writer. Her dystopian world is horrifyingly real, and the plot is fast-paced and keeps the reader guessing.”
“This is a ‘coming of age’ tale with a vengeance. Beautifully told, it explores the gamut of emotions Becca experiences as she starts to catch horrifying glimpses behind the masks of her world and the people she loves.”
“Cannon masterfully wraps up the intrigue in the psychological ups and downs of the protagonist, Becca. While there is action that keeps this plot taut, there is also a lot of interior back and forth Becca goes through as she tries to figure out what her options are in a world where nothing makes sense. Even the antagonists (and I won’t say who they are) are sympathetic and well thought-out. At the end of this book, you’ll find yourself asking if the bad guys really were bad guys. A great statement on society wrapped up as a thrilling YA read.”
A harrowing story of love and survival. In a future of scarce resources, where the possession of gas and diesel is punishable by death, a teenage boy and a pregnant girl must find a way to save their impoverished family. They risk their lives on a terrifying journey to sell stolen fuel on the black market.
What they’re saying about it:
“I read this book in about 24 hours. It kept my attention with all the near-death experiences Joe and Mary face.” – Mandi P.
“Loved Joe, with all his tenderness, vulnerability and yet his steely resolve.” – Anna Burke
“This was a very well written story. I especially liked how the author handled the ending.” – Missouri Bob