*The first book in an unmissable and thrilling duology - The Hunger Games meets Station Eleven, for fans of pacey, disruptive TV, such as the Noughts and Crosses adaptation.*
A gripping near-future thriller: love triangles, betrayals and fights for freedom in a world turned upside-down . . .
Welcome to the Arcadia.
Once a luxurious cruise ship, it became a refugee camp after being driven from Europe by an apocalyptic war. Now it floats near the coastline of the Federated States - a leftover piece of a fractured USA.
For forty years, residents of the Arcadia have been prohibited from making landfall. It is a world of extreme haves and have nots, gangs and make-shift shelters.
Esther is a loyal citizen, working flat-out to have the rare chance to live a normal life as a medic on dry land. Ben is a rebel, planning something big to liberate the Arcadia once and for all.
When events throw them both together, their lives, and the lives of everyone on the ship, will change forever . . .
The Stranded is set at the end of the 21st century after a virus has ravaged the world. Refugees have been stranded on board the luxury cruise liner Arcadia for forty years and are prohibited from going on land despite the ship being virus free. The Federated States enforce strict laws and make life on board the vessel miserable, oppressive and claustrophobic. Anybody considered to be a threat or plotting a rebellion is either executed or sent to a labour camp. But, oppressive regimes will always inspire rebellion in the hearts of those who aspire for freedom and a better life.
The story is told from the viewpoints of multiple characters and it takes a little bit of time initially to connect with each of them; to understand who they are, their roles on the ship and where their loyalties lie. Not everyone can be trusted and it is a nail-biting read making sure favourite characters survive. The story is very fast-paced with nail-bitingly tense scenes and plenty of twists and turns.
This book will keep you up into the wee hours of the morning as you won't want to put it down.
The Stranded and its sequel, The Exiled are available now. Amazon