The Union Synopsis:After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.
Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.
When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.
Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.
When I reach the top, I pull up in the shade of a large boulder and sit, resting my head on the rock. My eyes close and vivid images bombard me in that place between waking and dreaming.
A rattling sound startles me, and my eyes fly open, scanning the area. A beige snake with black markings is coiled a few feet from me with its head and long neck up.
Neither the snake nor I move as blood rushes through my ears at a manic pace. My brain is encouraging me to run at the same time instinct tells me not to. The snake and I watch each other and the only movement is the snake’s quivering tail.
I blow out a short breath. “I won’t beat you senseless with a rock if you don’t bite me. Deal?”
It doesn’t answer, only flicks that stupid tail the way my sisters’ cats do when they believe they’ve been annoyed beyond reason.
Fighting the urge to bolt, I scoot away from the snake on my hands and feet, crab-style, putting the boulder between us. When I’m on the other side, I scramble up, turn and run, my feet slipping on rocks as I go.
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