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.
In this excerpt we learn a bit more about Nessa's guarded tendencies. We get an explanation as to why she finds it difficult to fall in love, it's a moment of honesty and vulnerability that is natural after the loss Nessa faced at such a young age.
Worlds Apart Ruination
How am I supposed to know what love feels like? I’ve spent too much time building walls to protect myself, I’m not prepared for all of them to fall yet. How could I? They are the very walls that have gotten me here today. Ones built at the age of five when my mother was taken so fast. Walls that were constructed from a practical place, not an emotional place. I had to look at things practically, investing emotions might lead to heartbreak. Practically the only thing I had was Emma and Papa, everything else was a risk.