I met Adriana last year when she came to a few meetings of my local kid-lit critique group. Sadly for us, she decided to stop attending in order to focus on her adult writing instead (check out that racy cover – ooh la la!); but she’s still an honorary member, so we hang out sometimes to drink coffee/wine and write. Not only is she a super-sweet, enthusiastic cheerleader, she is a crackerjack critique partner. So even though I’m currently on a YA kick, I can’t wait to read World of Shell and Bone, coming December 7th, 2012.
Behold the beautiful cover!
Kudos to James Helps for creating such a striking cover!
So what’s this book all about? Here’s the blurb:
In a world ravaged by a nuclear holocaust, Vika Cannon knows there are no guarantees: no guarantees of safety, no guarantees that your neighbor is not actually a spy for the government, and no guarantees you’ll be allowed to emigrate to a new life in Asia.
New Amana is dying. Food and water are scarce, and people suffering from radiation-caused mutations—the Nukeheads—are the new class of homeless.
Vika has just one purpose: to produce healthy progeny using a Husband assigned by the Match Clinic. Unhealthy children are carted away to Asylums to be experimented on, just as Vika’s little sister Ceres was, eight years ago. Parents incapable of producing healthy progeny are put to death in gas chambers.
When she’s assigned a Husband shortly after her twentieth birthday, Vika expects him to be complacent and obedient. But Shale Underwood has a secret. He is a member of the Radicals, the terrorist group intent on overthrowing the government. And Shale has information about Ceres.
As she learns more about the Rads’s plan, Vika finds herself drawn to Shale in ways she’d never imagined. When freedom calls in the way of a healthy pregnancy, will she betray her government and risk death for Shale and Ceres?
And here’s Adriana’s bio for good measure: Adriana Ryan lives and writes in Charleston, SC. She is currently at work on a dystopian and an urban fantasy series. A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, she enjoys alternately hitting up the outlet malls and historic graveyards. Adriana Ryan is a member of the Romance Writer’s Association (RWA). Contact her via email, facebook, or twitter.
Congrats, Adriana, on the debut of a gorgeous and intriguing cover!
What do you think about the cover? Are you intrigued by the synopsis?