Ruination (Worlds Apart #1)
by Amanda Thome
Release Date: 04/15/14
Summary from Goodreads:
What if everything came down to a single test? If your life was defined at seventeen, could you handle it? Could you accept your fate leaving the ones you love, or would you risk it all and stay?
One test stands between Vanessa and Central. One chance to make the leap across the walls to a better life. At seventeen, Central considers Vanessa an adult. Her labor role, marriage, and housing divisions will be dictated by her performance on the leap.
Dedication and unfaltering friendship has bonded Vanessa to Garrett as they fight for their chance to leap into Central. But what happens when love overtakes reason? When defiance in the name of love creates an unintentional fracture in their nation.
Without warning Vanessa is at the mercy of the nation that’s supposed to protect her. Exiled and abandoned she must fight but she find’s she’s not alone. With her heart divided she seeks her revenge, but will her stand be enough?
Ruination is the next YA dystopian trilogy that will hook you from the start! If you liked Veronica Roth’s Divergent series or Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series then be prepared to get addicted to Ruination.
It’s only a fraction of a second but in that moment I see the life leave his eyes. I realize the gravity of what I’ve done. I’ve just killed a man. I killed someone’s son, maybe some-one’s father.
The gunfire to my left closes in and snaps me back to reality. I string the second arrow. I have a clear shot but I can’t take it. I won’t take another life even if it means dying.
Suddenly a veil of absolute darkness falls over me and my body feels like it’s plunged into an icy bath. My ears strain to hear but I no longer perceive the sound of gunshots from the foreigners.
The regulator nestles his gun to his shoulder as I hear the tick of metal snapping. My breath quickens as I imagine them shooting me on the spot.
“Come on out. We know you’re in there!” The regulator hisses. “We might even go easy on you if you turn yourself in.”
I swallow and feel my throat closing-in out of fear. My chest tightens like my breastbone’s being squeezed in a vice. It extends outwards along my ribs towards my arms and tingles unpleasantly as I fight the terror. Squeezing chest and sweating arms are all I can think about as I crawl the last foot towards the boulder. My knee jams into a jagged rock and I gasp in pain. The lights land across my back and hold steady.
“Got ya!” The regulator shouts.
Their lights feel hot against the back of my neck. What should I do? Do I stay where I am and let them punish me, or maybe I should just stand up and run? What if they shoot me like Garrett’s fox? I tremor as their steps close-in the last few feet. With each closing step my chest tightens more and more until it feels like my heart’s about to burst my chest wide open. What would happen then? Would Central send a hovercraft to scoop up my lifeless body in the morning I wonder?
Another whip of thunder cracks and my entire hilltop quakes. The bolt strikes down in the middle of my field. The thirsty land’s no match for the fiery energy. Within seconds the field’s ablaze.
Bright orange walls of fire extend, consuming everything in its path. The gusting winds carry embers of light scattering them all around me. I leap to my feet sprinting to the closest fire. I stomp out the wall that formed along my dandelion field.
Intense heat attaches to my back and dances along my spine. There’s a wall of orange against my shelter. My home, my everything’s about to be destroyed. I run uphill, choking from the assault. Smoke creeps its way into every crevice of my lungs. My eyes water and burn and my throat and chest constrict.
I should leave and run away but I can’t, I have to fight for my home. I stumble to my shelter grabbing armfuls of dirt, desperately throwing them onto the encroaching wall. I’m fighting a losing battle but I don’t care. I fling armful after armful of dirt but the wall continues growing.
I can’t win, I have to surrender, I see it now. I backpedal past my shelter as another wall of heat scorches me. I’m surrounded. Smoke and heat blanket me and I can’t see past the thick barrier of grey ash. My throat constricts and I hear a sick wheezing from my chest. My legs buckle and I collapse.
Name: Ty (Tyler) Jackson
Appearance: Tall, fair skin, sharp green eyes, wavy dark hair, straight and perfect smile, deep and commanding voice
> Swimming: Prefers oceans however as of late he is landlocked thanks to the government’s walls that corral him in.
>Fishing: Spear fishing, it takes more skill and he looks good doing it!
>Combat: Likes hand-to-hand but much prefers explosives and heavy weapons (he is a guy after all)
>Nessa: Why else would he risk his life, leave his family, and start a war?
> Garrett: Or anyone that tries to take Nessa from him.
> Fire: It’s no surprise considering his near-death experience with it.
>The idea of the leap: If it wasn’t for Nessa he wouldn’t have tried to make the leap, before she came into his life the leap was just a waste of time.
>Borgs: The regulators that patrol the sectors and uphold the government’s laws.
Ty grew up in the Outer sector, in what his nation considers the least desirable sectors. Despite his disadvantaged life Ty was content with his life in the Outer, he loved his family, friends and the crisp ocean water that bordered his home. That’s until he had a premonition, just one of many he’d had before, except this vision changed his life forever. The premonition showed him Nessa and within a matter of minutes Ty’s life was changed completely. His true personality began showing as he dedicated years of sleepless nights searching for her, studying for the leap and staying loyal and true in the name of unfaltering love for Nessa.
About the Author
Amanda Thome is the Author of Ruination, book one in the Worlds Apart dystopian trilogy. Amanda grew up in Maine and later moved to Pennsylvania where she obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College. She later received her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. Amanda currently resides in San Antonio, TX with her husband Clint.
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