Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing Series: Girl of Glass Genre: YA Dystopia Release Date: April 10, 2018
After Nightland’s vicious attack on the domes, the safety and perfection of the world within the glass has been contaminated. Desperate to rebuild, outsiders are allowed into the domes to help, breaking the cardinal rule: outsiders and Domers must always be separated. But the city is in shambles, crumbling into chaos without the Vampers of Nightland to keep order, and one name is carried on the wind: Nola.
Clinging to Jeremy, Nola struggles to find a way to exist in the domes, turning her back on all she learned in the city. But when one of the outsiders brings the dark secrets of the domes to light, the line between survival and murder blurs against the spectre of the dying world.
Can Nola follow the dark path laid out by the Domes? Will the dangers of the night become her new sanctuary?
Excerpt from Chapter Ten
“Then the domes have to survive. We were built to protect the future of mankind. And that’s what we’ll do, no matter what it takes.”
The captain’s words hung heavy in the air.
“Why are you telling me this?” Nola asked, wanting to flee Captain Ridgeway’s heavy gaze. It felt like he was searching her, trying to find some piece of information that would help the domes survive. But even if she hadn’t sworn to Jeremy that she would lie, there was nothing she knew that could save them from a wolf pack. “Isn’t this the sort of thing the Outer Guard always try to hide from the rest of us?” She pressed on after a long moment of silence.
“It is,” he said plainly, “but for some reason you, Magnolia Kent, seem to be mired deeper in this bloody muck than the rest of us. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that when blood and death come for someone once, they’ll come back again. And again. The bloodthirsty don’t forget.”
The captain’s words rang over her like a judge delivering a death sentence. She had played with darkness. Now she was condemned to it.
“They’ll keep coming for me till they kill me.” The words came so naturally, so simply, it felt like she had always known.
“They’ll kill you, you’ll kill them. You can’t get away from a monster that has your scent. And Emanuel isn’t dead, at least not as far as we can tell. The storm that’s brewing carries one word on the wind: Nola.”
Megan O’Russell is the author of the young adult fantasy series The Tethering, and Nuttycracker Sweet, a Christmas novella. Megan’s short stories can also be found in several anthologies, including Athena’s Daughters 2, featuring women in speculative fiction. Megan is a professional performer who has spent time on stages across the country and is the lyrist for Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical, which received its world premier in 2015. When not on stage or behind a computer, Megan can usually be found playing her ukulele or climbing a mountain with her fantastic husband.