From the back cover of Into Darkness…
Fifteen-year-old Alexandra Spencer’s life was not supposed to turn out this way. She was not supposed to go on trial for a crime she did not commit. She was not supposed to be found guilty. And she was not supposed to be sent to Elder Grey Detention Centre, a place of horrors many don’t survive.
She is however, supposed to be the daughter of the wealthiest, most influential man in the post-apocalyptic New Zealand city of New Phoenix.
But apparently, she isn’t.
Shell-shocked and struggling to understand why she is no longer a member of the city’s ruling family, Alex is torn from her privileged life by the churlish young guard, Will Metcalfe, and forced to trek for three weeks through deadly wilderness to her place of imprisonment. Her journey with Will is a constant battle for survival, where she is never sure who is the real enemy. It is also journey into the truth about the safe and lavish world from which she has been cast. Through Will she learns that the city leaders, including the man she thought was her father, are keeping deadly secrets from the residents. Suddenly, the world Alex thought she lived in is far from the reality she is trying to survive.
She also learns of a mutant race called Drifters living in the wilderness who are being preyed upon by New Phoenix’s guards—Drifters blood being a life saving elixir for the city’s inhabitants—and she is fairly sure this is a fate the Drifters deserve.
Alex is barely coping with life at Elder Grey when her new friend, Rich, reveals his deepest secret forcing her to confront her prejudices if she wants to remain his friend. A breach of rules forces her to act without thought, taking the blame for another. Her punishment is as swift as it is appalling, and her act of friendship sets off a chain of events that has horrific consequences for everyone involved.
When someone she thought was an enemy pulls her from her despair, Alex discovers that old friends cannot be trusted, prejudice is another word for fear, and trust, not blood ties, make a family.
Into Darkness – out now!
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