When her farming community is consumed in the ruthless jaws of a corporate monster, 16-year-old Merit finds herself face to face with a different kind of beast, one possessing a human form but a mind bent on one thing and one thing alone: her destruction. Then a chance encounter with a legend turns her mad dash for survival into an odyssey of revenge as she sets out to hunt down the men who destroyed all that she loves. But in pursuing the monsters, will she become one herself? Is it possible to embark on a journey of destruction without digging your own grave?
In her beginning is their end.
This action-packed adventure from an award-winning author takes you on a fast and furious journey through the Protectorate, a dystopian landscape wracked by environmental disaster, in the ruins of a place known as the Old Republic, where water is the most precious commodity and people are expendable pawns in the game of survival.
Publishers Weekly's BookLife Prize calls it "riveting and haunting. Zienty's plot proceeds at a furious and exciting pace as Merit flees-and is pursued-through the bleak, dangerous New American Midwest. In a world governed by phobias and laws, her quest to find her purpose is successfully fleshed out in a meticulously imagined world. … a fresh-feeling dystopian wonderland."
Joanne Zienty was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is the winner of the 2014 Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project(TM) Award for her debut novel, The Things We Save, for which she was also named a semi-finalist in the Publisher's Weekly BookLife Prize for Fiction. She studied English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago, earned her teaching certification at Roosevelt University, and her Master's in Library and Information Science at Dominican University. When she's not writing, she uses her position and influence as a teacher/librarian to help her young students grow as readers and find their voices as writers. She lives in Wheaton, Illinois with her husband and a very ornery cat.