So in my agent search I stumbled upon Natalie Lakosil, but for the record I’m been following her blog since she was Natalie Fischer. (Dream agent right there) Sorry, enough with the side note. Anyway, I stumbled upon her client, Jessica Souder’s book, Renegade, and I fell in love with the concept. The book is expected to be released on November 13th by Tor Teen.
Let me put it to you this way. It’s The Little Mermaid meets Divergent meets The Matrix. Three things attracted me to this title. 1) The utterly gorgeous cover 2) The unique plot. Let’s be honest how many Underwater utopias have you encountered in books that had nothing to do with Atlantis or The Little Mermaid? 3) The elements. Whose mind has ever been a ticking time bomb? And who doesn’t love a good boy from the wrong side of the tracks story (or in this case wrong side of the ocean).
I also met this author at a Central Florida event. Yeah, I asked for her autograph. Why? Because I feel this book has a unique air. Here’s hoping I’m right.
Here’s the Goodreads Summary:
Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.
But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.
Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.
P.S. I ordered an ARC--really hope I get it!