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INFILTRATOR is the second instalment of the Contributor Trilogy by Nicole Cicacchella. It continues the story of Dara, a seventeen year old girl who lives in a dystopian world in which huge companies, the Creators, rule the world and manipulate all humans under their control. In the first book CONTRIBUTOR Dara has learnt the hard way that in contrast to everything she has been talked into believing in her past her life has never been happy, easy and privileged. Although she now knows that it is pointless to pretend that her life would have been wonderful with that former kind of blissful ignorance, she has to struggle with her new reality. Everything she knows is that she doesn’t want to be another cog in the big leading company’s machine.

With the help of the Free Thinkers, a group of rebels who act from the underground, she gets the opportunity to see behind the curtains of the manipulative governing companies.

The more Dara learns about the arrogant lies and manipulations of the Creators, the more she wants to escape from this pressure. She needs the freedom to ask questions, the ability to do what she wants to and the possibility to be loyal to her family. At this time she wonders who really benefits from the system as it stands now. There are too many people who fall behind and Dara is not willing to accept this. For this reason she pretends to be still a faithful and loyal Contributor who works hard for her Creator, but in fact she is an Infiltrator, a spy, who tries to unravel their dark and dirty secrets.

More than once Dara has to go to her limits, risk her own and the lives of her family and friends and sacrifice a lot. Is she ready to set the world on fire? (mehr …)

After a big earthquake in the US in the not-too-distant future the society is literally divided into two main groups: the extremely wealthy citizens who live in very luxurious prime gated communities like Sol City and the poor ones who have to live outside the gates.

The wealthy persons are not merely rich, they are so loaded that they can afford genetic modifications. These Genetically Altered Persons (short GAPs) can expand their lifelines to two hundred years, never get sick and are of course extremely good-looking.

The poorer “Naturals” do not have these opportunities and are only allowed to enter the luxurious world of the gated communities with the permission of a GAP, for example when they have to work for them.

The teenagers Zoe and Noah live on completely different sides of the society. Zoe is a GAP who seems to live a perfect life. Noah belongs to the have-nots outside the gates and he fights against social injustice. Zoe and Noah meet when Noah helps his mother clean Zoe’s family’s house. Because of their huge social differences with all the correspondent prejudices they have no interest to get to know each other better.

This changes when Liam, Zoe’s brother, dies under mysterious circumstances. Zoe’s parents react in a very odd way, almost indifferent and also Liam’s friends seem to know more than they are ready to tell. Zoe does not want to let this matter rest and tries to reveal the secret of Liam’s death. The key to this dark secret seems to lie outside the borders of Sol City. In this unfamiliar territory Zoe needs the help of a Natural and this is where Noah comes into play. He is the very last person Zoe wants to trust, but she has no choice. From now on she does not only have to question her prejudices but also her family and the world she lives in. (mehr …)

I can find your hope again. I can show you that great things can happen. Even right now.
Zoey in MIDNIGHT CITY by J. Barton Mitchell

Eight years ago, Earth has been conquered by extraterrestrial invaders. Since these days, the aliens, known as The Assembly, have broadcast a telepathic signal that ended any resistance. The mind control signal influenced the brains of all adults who then left their families and jobs, marched toward the nearest Assembly Presidium and disappeared forever. Only children and teenagers were left behind, unaffected by the signal, but turning adult, more and more of them also succumbed to Assembly control.

With all military crushed on the planet, most of the population subdued, there is not much hope left for the human race. It seems impossible that children who hardly know anything about fighting could form an effective resistance against the aliens, even more as they seem more interested in killing each other than uniting and facing the invaders. The very depressing perspective is that The Assembly will take more of the adolescents every day and it won’t last long until there isn’t anyone left behind.

In this society, Holt, a young bounty hunter, is transporting his prisoner Mira, when they find Zoey, a little girl who has obviously something about her, but who also needs protection. Although Mira and Holt are enemies at the beginning, they have to learn to work together when they want to survive and protect themselves and Zoey.

They have to face horrible feuding alien armies, zombie-like mutants and also a lot of not so well-meaning members of their own human mankind. Starting as a group of loners who don’t trust each other, they have to stick together and finally form a team that might be the beginning of hope …

Artwork by Evan Cagle

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Although you can often read that Bagicalupi’s “Drowned Cities“ are the sequel to “Ship Breaker“ I’d prefer to call it a companion. The story is set in the same dystopian future of America and the only character we meet again is Tool, the half man, half animal hybrid of dog, hyena, tiger, and a few other predators, designed to win wars. Apart from this, the story as well as the characters are completely different. That might be important for those who hope to meet Nailer again – not in this book! The advantage is, that you don’t have to read “Ship Breaker“ to be able to understand this new book.

The people in the story live in a world of war with scarce natural resources and extensive flooding of most parts of the planet due to climate change and global warming. The US are torn by a civil war and several factions are fighting for control. For a short time, the mega power China have tried to intervene and act as peacekeepers but in the end pulled out again and left the country behind in chaos. Now, soldiers of the different factions go where they please, steal, vandalize, rape, torture and murder – and all this in the name of patriotism and protection of the country.

The main characters are the teenager orphans Mahlia and Mouse. Mahlia is the daughter of a peacekeeper who abandoned her when he left the US. The girl ended up captured by a group of soldiers named the Army of God who tortured her by cutting off one of her hands. Mouse, whose parents had died in the war, rescued her and took her to a refugee camp. Since this time they have been very close friends who manage to stay out of the soldiers‘ path and stay alive.

This changes when one day they stumble across the half-man Tool who lies badly injured and almost dying in a swamp. (mehr …)