I, Ruin


I know, it’s been a hard journey, this book… I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it. I might try to get it traditionally published. I just don’t feel certain about it.

The Coalition mutated us.

They left us writhing on our classroom floor, no breath, no scream, until feathers of vivid hues unfolded from our shoulders and whispered over our skin.

We staggered up, dazed and disoriented, but then our professor’s wings – they swarmed with spiders, and—

I left him dead on the sun-drenched floor.

Now I’m on the run with Lunar Adurian, the smirky guy who always watched me from scarred eyes, and I’m falling too hard.

I need to keep it together, to wage an underground war against the Coalition, but inside I’m coming apart.

My father wants me to abandon my best friend. Lunar challenges my every step and questions my every act. I start making mistakes, and I’m struggling to hold everything in place: to hold my course, my beliefs, to hold myself—

To hold anything at all when my hands are slippery with blood.

For the first chapter, click here!

If you’ve read Under a Caged Sky, then you might want to know that this is not a sequel to it, but the same story from Cascade’s perspective in the same time frame, so it starts where Anza’s deposition does, meaning it sort of goes back to the beginning, but you see what’s happening ‘on the other side’. Cascade’s story is a fair bit darker; my writers’ group members have been known to say she’s ‘seriously effed up’ (though actually I don’t think she’s all that messed up).

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