Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Above


Matthew's father had lion's feet and his mother had gills, and both fled the modern-day city to live in underground Safe, a secret community of freaks, ghost-whisperers, and disabled outcasts hidden beyond the subways and sewers. Raised underground, Matthew is responsible for the keeping of both Safe's histories and the traumatized shapeshifter Ariel, the girl he took in, fell in love with – and can't stop from constantly running away. 

But Safe is no longer safe: the night after a frightening encounter in the sewers, Safe's founder Atticus is murdered by the one person Safe ever exiled: mad Corner, whose coup is backed by an army of mindless, whispering shadows. 

Only Matthew, Ariel, and a handful of unstable, crippled compatriots escape to the city that cast them out; the dangerous place he knows only as Above. Despite Ariel's increasingly erratic behaviour and with the odds against them, Matthew must find a way to rescue Safe from Corner's occupying army. But as his quest leads him through abandoned asylums and the dregs of urban poverty, Matthew discovers that the histories he's devoted his life to aren't true: Corner's invasion -- and Ariel's terrors – are rooted in a history of Safe much darker and bloodier than Matthew ever imagined. 

And even if he manages to save both home and Ariel, he may well lose himself.
 

I am so excited about this novel! It has dystopian qualities mixed with some fantasy and romance...bring it on! While the whole living underground in the sewers thing kind of reminds me of Enclave, I love the twist that the author has added by focusing on people who are born with genetic mutations. And the cover is gorgeous!! I can't wait to read Above...I just wish it was coming out sooner then this April! 

5 comments:

Natalia Belikov @ DazzlingReads said...

I cant wait for this one! just the cover makes me crazy! great choice =D
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I have a giveaway at my blog right now! Fateful by Claudia Gray =) yey!

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Jenny said...

Um, maybe I'm still just too tired today but that synopsis was confusing. I think it sounds interesting but I can't be sure. ;)

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

I featured this one on the Cover Crazy meme a while back. I'm still not sick of looking at it. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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chelleyreads said...

this one has a very interesting premise. i love it! great pick! :)

I hope you can stop by our WoW this week.

-Michelle

Tia said...

What a great cover! I hadn't heard of this yet! Good choice! New follower!

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