In this action-packed adventure from a New York Times bestselling author, two teenagers from opposite worlds must fight their way through a vast walled quarantine zone in a dystopian America toward their only chance for survival.
Seventeen-year-old Maisie Rojas has spent her entire life in the Q—a post-pandemic quarantine zone that was once Austin, Texas. Born and raised behind the high security walls that sealed their fate, she's now a trusted lieutenant for one of the territory's controlling families.
Lennon Pierce, the charismatic son of a US presidential candidate, has just been kidnapped by his father's enemies and dropped out of a plane into the Q with nothing but a parachute strapped to his back. Lennon is given a temporary antidote to the disease and crucial intel for his father, but Maisie must get him out of the zone within forty-eight hours--or he will be permanently infected and forced to remain.
With unrest brewing both inside and outside the Q, reaching the exit is a daunting and dangerous task. But if Maisie and Lennon fail, it could mean disaster for the entire quarantine zone and its inhabitants—and could cost Lennon his life.
Strap in for breakneck action and compelling characters in this timely, nonstop thriller.
Two teenagers living on opposite sides of a quarantine zone struggle to survive in this thrilling dystopian adventure by Tintera (the All These Monsters series), set in Austin, Tex. When a mysterious virus emerged 20 years ago, the U.S. government built the Q, a walled, city-size quarantine zone for the infected. Now, the Q is divided into two constantly feuding factions stationed in the north and south. Maisie Rojas, 18, who was born in quarantine, struggles to fill the power vacuum left behind after the death of her father, the leader of the southern gang. Conflict begins anew when Lennon Pierce, 19 and the son of a U.S. presidential candidate, is kidnapped and air-dropped into the Q. Lennon has 72 hours to escape before risking infection, and the only exit is in the middle of the opposing gang's territory; Maisie, motivated by her own need to obtain urgent medical supplies from the north, agrees to help him traverse the hostile terrain. Tintera evokes her Austin hometown to great effect, complete with signage reading "KEEP THE Q WEIRD," grounding this wildly inventive, cinematic read rooted in a near-future, post-pandemic world that sharply echoes contemporary society. Maisie is of British and Mexican descent; Lennon is white. Ages 14–up.