It is dangerous to heal oneself.
In a galaxy where the last rare resource is unique humans, Yaniqui knows her ability to heal is priceless. She lives in hiding on a dry labor planet, mourning the loss of her engagement to Hloban, the man she loved.
Yaniqui is discovered when she heals an injured migrant worker and word of her abilities travels all the way to Earth, where Hloban lives – with his wife. He hasn’t seen Yaniqui since childhood, but that doesn’t stop him from immediately assembling a rescue party.
As the estranged, would-be-lovers are pulled across the stars, the surprising involvement of the small planet becomes undeniable. An Indigenous woman living in the environmentally fractured United States, an expelled student from an elite galactic university, and an alien who thinks only in the present tense discover Earth’s enigmatic role in the interstellar trafficking trade.
As Yaniqui and her unlikely companions fight for her freedom, she must ask: even if she escapes, can she ever truly be safe in this universe?
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The war against aliens is over. Earth lost, and humans are nearly extinct…
Arwen Cruz watched her parents, brother, and sister die in an endless war. As the last surviving soldier in her battalion, she staggers out of a bombed-out military base and heads north. Arwen’s ready to leave the alien strongholds-and the lost cause of fighting them-far behind.
She makes it to the deadly wilderness of the Rocky Mountains only to battle starvation instead of invaders. Marah Bennett finds Arwen and suggests she join her small, secluded group-a cult that split from society long before aliens arrived. Arwen accepts, but quickly realizes she doesn’t belong-and escaping during the harsh winter is impossible. While living amongst the cult, Arwen discovers a dark secret-a key to reviving her planet-if she can survive long enough to uncover it.
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Winner of the 2020 Hal Prize for Non-fiction
October 6th, 2020
“A lyrical, though harrowing, tale…a pleasure to read.”
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