What’s currently on my nightstand isn’t dystopian, it isn’t YA—it isn’t even fiction! It’s The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Diana Sammataro & Alphonse Avitabile, and—surprise, surprise—it’s all about how to keep bees. Beekeeping is something I’d love to do, but because there’s so much knowledge that’s needed, I’m doing my research now. My goal is to buy all the equipment this coming fall, set it up, and be ready for bee delivery in early spring. I love honey, but I don’t love getting stung, so it’s bound to be an interesting journey!
My name is Eve Hamilton and I live in Compound Eleven.
Here, the hierarchy of the floors is everything. And on my floor, we fight—which is better than the bottom floor, where they toil away in misery. Only the top floor has any ease in this harsh world; they rule from their gilded offices.
All because four generations ago, Earth was rendered uninhabitable—the sun too hot, the land too barren. Those who remained were forced underground. While not a perfect life down here, I’ve learned to survive as a fighter.
Except my latest match is different. Instead of someone from the circuit, my opponent is a mysterious boy from the top floor. And the look in his eyes tells me he’s different, maybe even kind…right before he kicks my ass.
He could be my salvation. He could be my undoing. Because I’m no longer content to just survive in Eleven. Today, I’m ready to fight for more than my next meal. I’m fighting for my freedom. And this boy might just give me the edge I’ve been waiting for.
The Eleven trilogy is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 Escaping Eleven
Book #2 Unraveling Eleven
Book #3 Ending Eleven
Jerri Chisholm is a YA author, a distance runner, and a chocolate addict. Her childhood was spent largely in solitude with only her imagination and a pet parrot for company. Following that she completed a master’s degree in public policy and then became a lawyer, but ultimately decided to leave the profession to focus exclusively on the more imaginative and avian-friendly pursuit of writing. She lives with her husband and three children, but, alas, no parrot.
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