Lush

Eighteen-year-old Isla lives in Naudiz, a historical reenactment community in a future America. Contracted by the government to perform the traditions of her Mennonite ancestors for tourists, she loves her family but wonders where life could take her.

A new schoolteacher spots Isla’s potential as a CREIA cadet, making her one of many girls recruited to visit the closely guarded Library of Ages. There are rumors that girls who go to the CREIA never return, but Isla is armed with a powerful tincture from her brother’s workshop and has her best friend Esme by her side.

She soon learns the dark secrets hidden in the CREIA’s beautiful campus. The girls are assessed for a sinister destiny and forced to become dream addicts, forever lost in a hallucinogenic reality. When it seems there is no hope left, Isla’s connection to nature and the chance at a new love reveal that the key to the future lies in the past. Sifting among the ruins, she finds herself standing up to answer the question all Citizens want to know: Where will they go as the Earth begins to heal from environmental destruction, growing into a lush land full of promise?

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Book Details

Weight 400 g
Dimensions 216 × 140 mm
Extent

262 pages

Format

Paperback

Language

English

Genre

Dystopian

Release date

15 November 2020

Imprint

Odyssey Books

ISBN

9781922311207

About The Author

Anne-Marie Yerks

Anne-Marie Yerks

Anne-Marie Yerks is a creative writer from metro Detroit, MI. A graduate of George Mason's MFA program, her work has appeared in literary journals such as Juked, The Penn Review, and in several anthologies. She is the author of Dream Junkies (New Rivers Press, 2016) and LUSH (Odyssey Books, 2020). She has freelanced for many magazines, publishing non-fiction articles about wellness, fashion, real estate, crafts, home improvement, and education. A longtime writing teacher, she loves traveling to literary destinations and occasionally presents at AWP and the Winter Wheat Festival of Writing. Anne-Marie is also a certified seamstress (but prefers the word "sewist"), a fiber artist, and a beginning gardener.

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