written by Ilsa Evans
New Holland Publishers Ltd | ISBN 9781922134356
Paperback – 260 pages
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CRAIG'S STAFF PICK, 2018:
Recently eighteen, Grady Pryndot has reached a coming of age within her small rural village of Kale. Traditionally, this coming of age is coupled with a year of travel before settling into a feudal agricultural life. The story begins with Grady being denied this rite of passage by her Mother and the following burning question to find out the truth of why.
In the year 2023, a paranoid billionaire developed a huge bio-dome to safely protect those who live beneath from the escalating global conflict. Set 500 years into the future, the society that has developed under this bio-dome, known as ‘The Shield’, has dramatically changed. In a hybrid post-apocalyptic world where the science-fiction of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World meshes together with medieval fantasy spaces similar to that created by Raymond E. Fiest in his Magician series, this novel explores the extreme Stratification of society that has developed under The Shield.
The privileged Gods rule with an iron fist in a velvet glove and Grady will shift this balance of power forever. This short novel is a perfect segue for teenagers and young adults who want to start exploring grand social themes.
In 2023, with global conflict escalating, a paranoid billionaire develops a force field designed to provide safety to those shielded beneath. Five hundred years later, the society under the shield is very different. Gods rule with an iron fist and the lives of everyone else revolves around serving their interests or reproducing the dwindling population. But the balance of power is about to shift. Now eighteen, Grady Pryndot sets out on the travels that mark her coming of age. Her mother has never told her the truth about her father. Her teacher has never told her the truth about her legacy. Grady is about to challenge the world order because Grady is not who she thinks she is. She is much, much more.