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After the Red Rain

Barry Lyga, Robert Defranco and Peter Facinelli

Lyga (Blood of My Blood, 2014) is joined by actor Facinelli and film producer DeFranco for this post-apocalyptic novel. In the far-off future, humankind has so ravaged the Earth that most life forms are nearly extinct. While a corrupt government controls the remaining citizens, an orphan, Deedra, endures a mundane existence as a factory worker and scavenger. During a scrounging trip she encounters Rose, the most beautiful boy she's ever seen. He has a secret past, special abilities, and is somehow able to draw comfort and life from their dying planet. But Rose is too perfect and he thinks differently from everyone else which puts him and Deedra in danger.

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The Girl at the Center of the World

Austin Aslan

In this sequel to The Islands at the End of the World (2014), Aslan continues the survival story of Leilani Milton, a 17-year-old epileptic hapa who is reunited with her family on Hawaii's Big Island. She has the ability to communicate with and control the Emerald Orchid which appeared after a tsunami and disabled traditional sources of power. It is up to Lei to convince the extraterrestrial to absorb the radiation threatening to plunge the planet into a nuclear winter. As she and her family struggle to survive in a world where food, energy and medicine are in short supply, old tensions and new enemies emerge. Only one girl, Leilani, is poised to save their world.

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Mechanica

Betsy Cornwell

In Cornwell’s (Tides, 2013) steampunk retelling of Cinderella, Nicolette, or “Nick” 16, has been in servitude to her stepmother and stepsisters ever since her father died. When she discovers a hidden workshop which belonged to her mother, a superb mechanic, the lonely girl throws herself into inventing all sorts of creatures and devices. Her timing is perfect because Prince Christopher is holding an Exposition and Ball to celebrate the most brilliant inventors in the land. Nick has no desire to attend the ball or meet the prince. Instead, she’s determined to invent her own happily-ever-after by selling enough of her creations to become independent from her stepfamily.

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