Lotus and Thorn
Ravaged by a plague known as Red Death, the planet Gabriel, a former colony of Earth, is a barren wasteland. Since being abandoned by Earth 500 years ago, resources are scarce and life is cheap. To stay alive, the survivors, the Citizens, scavenge the remains of a now dead city, trading for food with the resource-rich Curadores, the only other survivors on Gabriel. Every old computer, every piece of wire, every scrap of metal counts. To steal is the ultimate sin. So when tough-as-nails seventeen-year-old Leica is caught doing just that, she's exiled and left to the mercy of Gabriel's unforgiving desert for the rest of her life.
While in exile, Leica discovers a mysterious shuttle, which may not only lead her home, but even more impossible—reestablish contact with Earth. Then Red Death rears its head again, killing her entire work crew, leaving Leica all alone until a handsome Curador offers her refuge in the Dome—the only place on Gabriel untouched by Red Death, where a decadent and sultry life awaits. But there's a catch: Leica can only enter the Dome as his concubine—his Kisaeng. When a rogue group of Citizens see their chance for revolution in Leica's good fortune, she finds herself unraveling a deadly mystery with chilling answers to the true origin of Red Death and the reason Earth really abandoned them so long ago.
A richly imagined tale in the vein of Tamora Pierce, Lotus and Thorn is a magnificent, epic fantasy adventure.
Praise For Lotus and Thorn…
“[A] fast-paced foray into science fiction.”—Booklist
“Etienne delivers a dystopian tale that deftly dissects stories—fairy tales, religious creation myths, political conspiracies—and develops a richly layered world… An ambitious, action-filled adventure.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[A] twisted exploration of atonement and survival… beautifully rendered by Etienne in stark, terrifying detail.”—Publishers Weekly
“Elements from Korean and Mexican culture are fused into this futuristic narrative to create a diverse world… This book will have the most appeal for committed science fiction fans and those looking for a new fairy-tale retelling in the style of Marissa Meyer’s Cinder or R.C. Lewis’s Stitching Snow.”—School Library Journal
“[A]n entertaining ride… culminates with a thrilling climax that will have readers flipping through the pages.”—VOYA
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780399256691, 464pp.
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
About the Author
Sara Wilson Etienne went to college in Maine to become a marine biologist... but when her research transformed itself into a novel, she realized that she loved fantasy more than fact. So she gave into it and wrote Harbinger. She now lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and two dogs. Lotus and Thorn is her second novel.