Ninth-grader Adonis, an overachiever born without legs, resists friendship with Autumn, a superb wrestler but failing student. Her infectious spirit and obvious interest in him slowly chip away at his reluctance in this superb present-tense tale with alternate voices examining a “brains” versus “heart” conflict.
The elite Elliot North, in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic rendition of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, realizes that she must manage her dysfunctional family’s country estate. Her decisions pit her against the seemingly lost, but not forgotten, love of her childhood.
The alternate viewpoints of Charlie and Rose present different perspectives of one summer in an Australian country town. Rose desperately plans her escape to the city while Charlie longs for new friends and music to assuage her grief after the deaths of her mother and grandmother.
After an impostor king seizes Lumatere, an impassable wall surrounding the kingdom keeps exiled survivors outside. Ten years later, the mysterious Evanjalin cajoles Finnikin to return. This epic fantasy unfolds in a detailed world full of unpredictable and unsettling discoveries.