In a world so desperate that people trade their children for food, a girl, cast out from her city for an unknown crime becomes an unlikely hero.
It is 2472. The British Isles have been transformed by climate change into a desert archipelago. The wealthy and privileged have retreated to high-tech walled cities. Those beyond the walls are known as the Non-Grata. They live a precarious, hand-to-mouth existence, surviving on the “charity” of the cities. In return, this non-people must pay a Quota, a tax paid in human life. Specifically, they give the rich something their money cannot buy: children.
Isobel Twelvetrees has been put outside the walls of her city and left to die in the lethal heat for a crime she cannot remember committing. She was saved by someone or something, but when she wakes, the only companion she has is a dog with odd coloured eyes. When Isobel learns the terrible truth about the plight of the Non-Grata, she turns into a new kind of warrior. As she crosses continents with the threadbare armies of the Non-Grata, in a deadly race against time to destroy the Quota and right historical wrongs, she starts to uncover the truth about herself and what she left behind.
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About the Author
Jule Owen was born in the North of England in a little place nestled between Snowdonia, the Irish Sea and the Pennines. She now lives in London, UK, where the weather is warmer, and there are more museums, but she misses the wide open spaces and the excellent quality of the water.
Jule spent many years working in online technology and is fascinated by science, technology and futurology, which she periodically blogs and tweets about.
Her books are her creative response to the exponential growth of technological innovation in the era of climate change, with a bit of magic thrown in.
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