Published by Month9Books, LLC
Yellow Locust by Justin Joschko
Release Date: May 8, 2018
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Selena Flood is a fighter of preternatural talent. But not even her quick fists and nimble feet could save her parents from the forces of New Canaan, the most ruthless and powerful of the despotic kingdoms populating America-that-was.
Forced to flee the tyrannical state with her younger brother Simon in tow, Selena is now the last chance for peace in a continent on the verge of complete destruction.
In her pocket is a data stick, the contents of which cost her parents their lives. Selena must now ensure it reaches the Republic of California—a lone beacon of liberty shining across a vast and barren wasteland—before it’s too late.
Between New Canaan and California stretch the Middle Wastes: thousands of desolate miles home to murderers, thieves, and a virulent strain of grass called yellow locust that has made growing food all but impossible. So when Selena and Simon stagger into Fallowfield, an oasis of prosperity amidst the poisoned plains, everything seems too good to be true—including the warm welcome they receive from the town’s leader, a peculiar man known only as The Mayor.
As Selena delves deeper into the sinister secrets of this seemingly harmless refuge, she soon learns there is a much darker side to Fallowfield and the man who runs it. Before long, she must call upon the skills she honed in the fighting pits of New Canaan to ensure not only her own survival, but that of her brother, in whom the Mayor has taken far too keen an interest.
And she’d better act fast, for an all-out war inches ever closer, and New Canaan is never as far away as it seems.
Justin Joschko is an author from Niagara Falls, Ontario. His writing has appeared in newspapers and literary journals across Canada. Yellow Locust is his first novel. He currently lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
- The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
- Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
- Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
- The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin
- The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
- The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
- Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
- Ubik by Philip K. Dick
- Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
If you want to know which one isn’t — highlight the below line:
(Fake answer: Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein. It’s decent but not his best)
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