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.
The excerpt is from the opening of Ruination. We find five year old Nessa's been left to care for her newborn sister as a result of the sudden death of their mother. It's just the start of Nessa's responsibilities that she must shoulder, all the while feeling the pressures of a government that could destroy her if they knew her secrets.
Worlds Apart Ruination
Emma’s spending her first night in this world howling inconsolably. I’m not mad at her for keeping me awake all night, I wouldn’t sleep anyway. Not with Mama’s lifeless body lying in the next room. I pace endlessly in the pitch-black living room, blood still trickling from my knee. I gently rock Emma in my arms. My thoughts bound so fast that my head can’t keep up. It’s losing ground the same way I do when I try racing the shuttle.