What can you do when your whole life turns out to be based on lies? When the society you live in isn’t as good and grand as people want you to believe? For Emma, Leia, and Justa, there is only one way to survive – by being defiant.
Three young adult authors from the Netherlands (Mara Li, Jen Minkman, and Lis Lucassen) use their storytelling talents to explore worlds where nothing is as it seems and no one is truly safe.
The Red Messenger
Some things are better left unsaid – or unquestioned.
When Emma Petrova finds a mysterious note in the pocket of a coat that once belonged to her twin sister Sophia, the words written on it won’t leave her alone: “The Angel has come”. But angels are a part of forbidden folklore, remnants of the old Jewish religion that was banned by the all-powerful Realm long ago. Sophia had secrets she never shared with Emma, and those secrets demand to be unraveled. Now, Emma’s quest will change her world forever.
Leia lives on the Island, where children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are only ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. No one wants to – because the Fools living in the west, behind the wall, are deluded and believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?
Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?
When Justa is summoned for jury duty in the Tribunal, she is sure of one thing: she needs to stick to the rules in order to get her best friend’s murderer convicted. In her society, jurisdiction is infallible. The choice ahead of her seems clear – but soon, Justa is forced to choose between justice and lies, between knowledge and trust. Will she use her head over her heart, or will Aron, the accused who dares to look at her with such disdain in his eyes, change her world for good?
The Readers’ Favorite review service awarded ‘The Island’ 5 stars in 2014!
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Authors: MaraLi, Jen Minkman, Lis Lucassen
ISBN: not yet available
Publication date: March 2015
Defiant is also available in Dutch (print & ebook) en Spanish (ebook):