Synopses & Reviews
Red Dawn meets Escape from New York and The Hunger Games (Booklist) in an action-packed dystopian fantasy filled with prose that] is gorgeous and brilliant and tells a satisfyingly dark tale through alternating the two sisters points of view (VOYA, starred review).
It s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city s borders. But for Sky s younger sister, Phee, the POW camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she d ever want.
When Sky and Phee discover their mom s hidden journal from the war s outbreak, they both realize there s more to Manhattan and their mother than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual POW census, the girls begin to uncover the island s long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin s lies about Manhattan s captivity begin to unravel.
Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that end in the death of one of Rolladin s guards. Now they re outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city s Meatpacking District and, through the pages of their mom s old journal, into the island s dark and shocking past."