Named a 2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist In the year 2090, America has walled itself off from the rest of the world. While on a routine assignment scouting the country's dwindling natural resources, Patricia "Patch" and her best friend, Rexx, discover a cache of dangerous contraband-- printed books from before the Seclusion. These texts spark an unquenchable thirst for the truth that leads to the arrest of Patch's father by the totalitarian Board, which runs the entire country. Evading their own arrest, Patch and Rexx set out across a ruined future United States. Along the way they learn how their country came to be this way, but their newfound knowledge may lead to their own demise.
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 140 x 208 x 20mm | 272g
- 04 Sep 2018
"A dark, thrilling tale that will keep readers on their toes." --Kirkus Reviews "Castle's cautionary debut makes its dire future seem all too real and thus all the more moving." --John DeNardo, Kirkus Reviews "The author has crafted an intricately detailed world. Intriguing and surprising supporting characters give depth to a somber story that begs for a sequel... A must-have for all libraries and fans of -sci-fi." --School Library Journal "A terrifying glimpse into what could be at the end of the path America is on today. Castle does an amazing job transporting us into the future--too great of a job." --Atia Abawi, Peabody Award-winning foreign correspondent and author of A Land of Permanent Goodbyes "Jacqui Castle's new novel sets the hook in a wickedly-quick heartbeat. Not only does her eerily prescient story keep that hook in place throughout, it often leads to moments where you feel a chill that's driven not only by her words, but also by the words we hear in the news and social media every day." --Mike Rich, author of Skavenger's Hunt and screenwriter of The Rookie, Radio, and Finding Forrester "Castle paints a well-developed world in a realistic future with a pair of unlikely heroes you want to cheer for. There are no easy victories in this dark, gritty dystopian that checks all the right boxes." --David Estes, bestselling author of The Dwellers saga and The Fatemarked epic "The Seclusion is the best science fiction book I have read in years." --Nick Ludington, Former Bureau Chief, The Associated Press