||Concealed in the Shadows
||Gabrielle Arrowsmith Arrowsmith
|Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033, her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister Evvie, her only family. Sydney hopes that they will be lawfully reunited, but she is prepared to risk everything to escape Miles County so that she and Evvie can be together.
Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to anyone who crosses the county's electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of county technology.
What Sydney doesn't know is that the county has particular interest in her. Her place in this complex dystopia is about to change. Deceit, fear, and warfare will come to characterize her life, yet her love for Evvie will always prevail. She must protect her sister, but at what cost?
by Gabrielle Arrowsmith Arrowsmith
|Reviews & Excerpts
|"Concealed in the Shadows was an intriguing and fast-paced debut!" ~Lauren (Reviewer)
"Concealed in the Shadows is right up there with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Uglies by Scott Westerfeld." ~Justine (Reviewer)
Suddenly the little girl isn't so brave. Tears overtake her small face as she buries herself in her grandmother's lap. "You're not going to let them take you away, are you grandma? You can't leave us!" The desperate pleas of the helpless child prove to be too much for her grandmother. The tears escape her too, but she fights to hold in the anger and the revulsion in order to be strong for the sake of the child.
"I wish I could stay forever, sweetheart. I wish I could see you and your sister grow into the strong, beautiful women that I know you will become. I wish I could see your mother get healthy again." The tears try to choke off her words, but she forces them out. "But, you see, last night was my last Friday night sleepover with you and your sister, and sweetheart," she places her hand on the shoulder of the little girl and smiles, "it was one of the best days of my life. I get to leave this world with warm memories of baking cookies and painting flowers with my two favorite people in the world."
"I don't want you to go!" the child protests as her heart boils and her face floods. She pulls her grandma's arms around her and buries her head into her chest as she begs, "Just tell them you don't feel sick. Tell them you want to stay a little longer." She closes her eyes tightly and wishes that it were a nightmare. But already the little girl knows better than hoping for happiness in her life. She knows there are no exceptions to the unchallengeable laws.