Synopses & Reviews
When fifteen-year-old K narrowly survives a bomb attack just as she is about to step into a subway car, she thinks it is just one more bad happenstance in a lifetime of worse ones. The news blames a radical insurgent organization called the Brotherhood, which, unsurprisingly, is the same group that killed her parents.
As a product of the system, K's survival has depended on her ability to keep her emotions at a distance from her actions. But when a young, charming police officer tells her that she could be a part of something important where she will have a place and people to call her own, K is tempted to agree. The dangerous trick is first she will have to infiltrate and assimilate into the Brotherhood as a spy.
Double crosses, paranoia, and unrest barrel toward a thrilling and unavoidable collision of worlds where K must rely on the one thing that she has become an expert at hidingher true self.
Debut novelist Jeannie Waudby deftly underscores the complexities of violence, blame, and unmitigated belief, drawing keen parallels to the politically charged reality of today.
"A trapdoor below me has opened, and I need to shut it again before I fall in forever."
"This provocative thriller, Waudby's debut, is set in a modern society divided between everyday citizens and the minority Brotherhood, a quasi-religious group that is the target of discrimination and institutionalized oppression. As the two sides move toward Reconciliation, terrorist attacks from the Brotherhood threaten to destabilize such efforts. After narrowly surviving a bombing, 15-year-old orphan K is recruited by the police to go undercover with the Brotherhood in hopes of ferreting out its radical elements. Instead, she finds acceptance and another side to the story, as well as the beginnings of romance. Increasingly distrustful of her handler, K now known as Verity tries to break free in order to dictate her own destiny. In making the details of K's world generic, Waudby draws on universal themes that can speak to almost any 'us vs. them' conflict, be it religious, ethnic, or cultural. However, knowing so little about the setting such as why the conflict exists in the first place or what makes the Brotherhood distinct also distracts from the story, weakening an otherwise compelling narrative with a strong protagonist, relatable characters, and tense plotline. Ages 13 up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A timely and riveting debut thriller about tolerance and the complexities of truth."
When Two Truths and One Lie Turn Deadly . . .
A narrow escape from a bomb attack.
A radical insurgent organization on the rise.
A place and a people to call her own.
K has a choice to make, and her answer is yes.
Yes to spying.
Yes to making right wrongs of the past.
Yes to leading a double life.
But when the two worlds lead to one trapdoor,
will K be able to avoid falling through?
About the Author
grew up in Hong Kong and now lives with her husband and three children in London, where she teaches English and she is a member of British SCBWI. One of Us
is her debut novel.