Just one test stands between Vanessa and Central. One chance to make the leap across the walls to a better life. One test to decide her fate. As Vanessa’s seventeenth birthday closes-in, the leap-test ebbs closer, like fog rolling at morning’s dawn. At seventeen, Central considers Vanessa an adult. Her labor role, marriage, and housing divisions will be dictated by her performance on the leap.
Dedication and unfaltering friendship has bonded Vanessa to Garrett as they fight for their chance to leap into Central. But what happens when love overtakes reason? When defiance in the name of love creates an unintentional fracture in their nation.
Without warning Vanessa finds herself at the mercy of the nation that’s supposed to protect her. Exiled and abandoned she must fight, but she find’s she’s not alone. With her heart divided she seeks her revenge, but will her stand be enough?
Amanda Thome is the Author of Ruination, book one in the Worlds Apart dystopian trilogy. Amanda grew up in Maine and later moved to Pennsylvania where she obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College. She later received her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. Amanda currently resides in San Antonio, TX with her husband Clint.
Everything for the citizens of the divide revolves around the leap-test. It is the one test that will dictate each citizens labor roles, housing division, and potential mates. For one boy and girl it will be the only way they can leave their sector and move to Central to begin a better life.
In this scene Nessa has just arrived for her leap-test. On her seventeenth birthday she finds herself strapped to a chair and possibly failing the one test that could set her free. This excerpt takes you inside Nessa's head and let's you see her fear.
Worlds Apart Ruination
Total darkness falls as my eyes search the lenses of the goggles seeing windows to utter blackness. Something’s wrong. Maybe I’m failing the intake. What if I can’t test, what if the medicine kills me? Panic sets in. What if I am stuck in blackness forever? My thoughts are stopped instantly by a loud alarm.