The August 5 (Paperback)

By Jenna Helland

Square Fish, 9781250090614, 320pp.

Publication Date: November 22, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (11/10/2015)

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A richly imagined tale of star-crossed love, The August 5 by Jenna Helland is filled with political intrigue, danger, and suspense.

Sixteen-year-old Tommy Shore lives a life of privilege: the finest clothing, food, and education available. He is the son of the chief administrator of Aeren—the most important man on the islands. Fifteen-year-old Tamsin Henry has grown up knowing only poverty, but she is the daughter of a revolutionary who longs to give her and their people more.

Ordinarily, Tommy and Tamsin would never cross paths, but on the day of a violent and deadly revolt, chance brings them together. As the tensions between the government and the rebels escalate, Tommy uncovers a brutal truth about his father. How will he ever get Tamsin to trust that he wants to help when she sees him as the enemy? In the end, Tommy and Tamsin learn that sometimes the honorable thing to do demands the most amount of courage.

About the Author

Jenna Helland is a game designer. She was born in Columbia, Missouri, and worked as a journalist before moving to the Pacific Northwest with her family. The August 5 is her first novel.

Praise For The August 5

"The August 5 is told in alternating perspectives, which allows readers to see the society from both sides. . . . Helland does a good job of not simplifying the underlying issues . . . . Recommend this to teens who like political thrillers." -VOYA