For hundreds of years, the Eastern Zoners have slaved for the Megas–the technologically advanced beings living behind the walled city of Megalopolis. Each eighteen-year-old scavenges a living in the deadly Arid Zone until they either turn twenty-one or they’re killed…
A Mega throwback is expendable! No one wants him. Not the Zoner village where he was born or the hated Megas he resembles. In the Arid Zone’s harsh conditions, death can come at any time…
As a Mega Outcast child living in a garbage dump surrounding the walled, glass-and-steel city of Megalopolis, Fish was brought up in a farming tribal community where technologically-advanced Megas are feared and hated. Having turned seventeen, Fish is pushed over the border of his village into the gas pits and rubbish heaps that house the many clusters of outcasts who clean the city for those who consider them inferior between the hours of midnight and dawn.
Outcasts are only allowed to return to their Zoner village if they’re chosen as mates. But none of the tribe females would willingly choose Fish, given his extreme height and skinniness, his white hair and green eyes. Then he sees Ari, who’s also thin, tall, white-haired and green-eyed…but she’s about to be thrown off the Ritual Pier.
Super-intelligent Megas have invented the ‘Knowledge Chip’, which is inserted into a baby’s head. The better the Chip, the better the Megas lifestyle and the higher their position in the city. Ari’s parents put too many chips in their daughter’s brain, causing mental regression. Unless a substitute brain can be found for her, she’ll be discarded at the pier. Can Fish save her?
GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy: Dystopian ISBN: 978-1-922233-76-9 Word Count: 73,779
Fish is an eighteen-year-old Outcast, living in the harsh Arid Zone. When the golden-clawed bear predicts his death, three Outcasts are plunged deep into the heart of the Wilderness Mountains in search of their friend–and Fish’s chosen mate–Ari. In order to save her from a short life with the Wilderness gypsies, they’ll discover the finger-eating High Priestess of the Oriacans called the PUNISHER, the insane Swan King, and his cruel brother. But, to get to Ari and pass through the Southern Zone alive, Fish must first beat Thief, the Champion of the Southern Zone, in their Mighty Arena.
Word Count: 82, 261
The Oriacans are on the move and will soon break down defences erected by the Kinsmen of the Wilderness Mountains. Follow Outcasts Fish, Ari, Weed and Branch as they flee over the Glass Teeth Peaks to warn their fellow Outcasts, Zoners and Megas of the impending war and encounter the golden-clawed bear that scarred Weed so many years ago. The Outcasts struggle to keep their living-time and discover the source of the three promises of the golden-clawed bear.
Word Count: 78, 594