★ "Sure to satisfy fans of the dystopian-romance genre and to gather new ones along the way." —Kirkus
"A solid start." —Publishers Weekly
"This is a perfectly plotted, deliciously suspenseful journey through a lush, intriguing society in which nothing is quite as it seems." —School Library Journal
"This is recommended for readers looking for a thrilling, page-turning read." —Voice of Youth Advocates
Scholastic / 2013
Beauty versus beasts.
In the wake of a devastating biological disaster, the United States east of the Mississippi River has been abandoned. Now called the Feral Zone, a reference to the virus that turned millions of people into savage beast-men, the entire area is off-limits. The punishment for crossing the border is death.
Lane McEvoy can’t imagine why anyone would risk it. She’s grown up in the shadow of the great wall separating east from west, and she’s curious about what’s on the other side – but not that curious. Life in the west is safe, comfortable...sanitized. Which is just how she likes it.
But Lane gets the shock of her life when she learns that someone close to her has crossed into the Feral Zone. And she has little choice but to follow. Lane travels east, risking life and limb and her very DNA, completely unprepared for what she finds in the ruins of civilization...and afraid to learn whether her humanity will prove her greatest strength or a fatal weakness.