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Today's Free Fridays book selection is Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan - a dystopian thriller perfect for Allegiant and The Hunger Games fans, and the first installment of the Wasteland trilogy.
Wasteland is an unrecognizable futuristic America, a post-apocalyptic nightmare-scape where citizens marry at 14 years old, are considered elders at 17, and die at just 19. Plus, residents of Wasteland are constantly under attack from rampant illness and siege from brutal outcasts, called variants, who live on the outskirts of towns.
But Esther doesn't seem to fit in - at 15 years old, she hasn't yet partnered up with anyone, and her best friend, Levi, belongs to a band of feared variants.Then she meets the new guy in town, Caleb, and thinks she may have found her - and the town's - salvation and reason to survive. But does Caleb have sinister motives of his own?
Today's Free Fridays app selection is Quell by Toy Studio LLC - a unique app that's an ocean of fun Zen-like gameplay!
You're a single raindrop whose task is to collect pearls stationed around a complex puzzle. You can use the elements (Earth, Air, Water, Fire) to your advantage, but be careful - some elements will dry you up!
Quell contains over 80 visually-stunning levels, plus 4 secret levels. It's the most fun you can have with water without getting wet!
For more great Toy Studio LLC games, click here.
Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Susan and Laurence recommend:
I loved The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. Although it’s also a post-apocalyptic story of survival, Heller’s book takes a decidedly different and adult angle. Gritty, suspenseful, and beautifully written, The Dog Stars deals with issues we write about in our trilogy: the battle over limited resources, trust, and the search for human connection, all set against a backdrop of global tragedy. - Susan Kim
Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard: J.G. Ballard was a great science fiction writer, but one of his best novels is based on reality: the story of his life as a child in Shanghai when the Japanese invaded during WWII. Like "Huckleberry Finn" and "Oliver Twist," it's a novel about a young person that has just as much--if not more--meaning for adults than for kids. - Laurence Klavan
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