Phoenix Books Burlington is extremely proud to announce an event with Caragh O'Brien, author of the Young Adult series that started with Birthmarked. Fans of Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) will love Caragh O'Brien! Caragh's books are all multiple staff picks here at Phoenix Books.
Since earning an MA in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, Caragh M. O’Brien has been a high school teacher, an author of romance novels, and now a novelist for teens. Her novels Birthmarked and Prized were named YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults. Birthmarked was also a Junior Library Guild Selection and chosen for the ALA 2011 Amelia Bloomer List. She lives with her family and writes from her home in Connecticut. More about the author and her novels can be found at www.caraghobrien.com.
As part of her duty as a midwife, Gaia, only 16 years old, must "advance" the first three babies born in her sector to the wealthy and powerful Enclave. After her parents disappear, Gaia begins to question her loyalty to those in charge. -Beth
Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her sense of justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole?
PROMISED (Roaring Brook Press, October 2, 2012) is the much-anticipated conclusion to Caragh M. O’Brien’s Birthmarked trilogy. Inspired by a road trip through a southern drought, the series takes place in a dystopian, post-climate change America. The first two books, Birthmarked and Prized, have been praised for their strong heroine and well-drawn futuristic world of hierarchy, codes and secrets.
Birthmarked introduces sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who lives outside of the wall that separates the elite Enclave from the rest of the world. She and her mother must deliver a quota of three infants every month to the Enclave. But when Gaia’s parents are brutally taken away by the Enclave, Gaia’s assumptions about the “perfect” city beyond the wall are turned upside-down. In Prized, Gaia is taken captive by the matriarchal society of Sylum, a city where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. Gaia must make choices around loyalty and love while she fights to simply survive.
PROMISED brings together the worlds of the first two books. After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and upending the rigid matriarchy of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her biggest challenge ever. She must lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge from the wasteland. In Gaia's absence, the Enclave has grown more cruel, more desperate to experiment on mothers from outside the wall, and now the stakes of cooperating or rebelling have never been higher. Is Gaia ready, as a leader, to sacrifice what--or whom--she loves most?