Eight teenagers escape imprisonment at a work camp to brave the wilderness. Tested to their limits, they struggle to survive their terrifying dash for freedom.
After the total collapse of the world economy, the United States could not stand together. So they failed separately. In the small region-state of Winnkota, poverty and greed are turning the idyllic Northwoods of Minnesota into a barren wasteland of clear-cut forests and over-fished lakes. Every able-bodied teenager is conscripted into a labor force and sent to work in harsh, prison-like conditions. They are enslaved young so they never learn to think for themselves. But Penn is different. He’s determined to win back freedom—for himself, his friends, and someday for his homeland. On a cold autumn night, the group makes their dash for freedom north of the border. The fugitives endure a series of difficult wilderness challenges while pursued by the ruthless camp guards. They weave through dense forest, scale cliffs, swim through the bitterly cold lakes, and otherwise try simply to survive. Pushing his friends to the breaking point, Penn guides the fugitives through a harsh, but ironically beautiful, backdrop of amazing Northwoods scenery. Adversity and loss abound, all while an unexpected physical attraction leads to a burgeoning love story. Should any of them survive to reach the border, will the freedom found equal all that they expected?
Targeted Age Group:
High School: 14-18
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I write with realism. Though slightly futuristic, the premise of a failed America and imprisoned youth isn’t necessarily a huge stretch.
Though teens, my characters are world-wise. There’s a lot of practical knowledge, and a yearning for freedom, that’s been built up in them after years in a work camp.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Never give up, but keep your day job. It’s a longshot; fame is certainly not likely. But it can never happen if you don’t keep trying. And keep writing. The sequel to Fugitives is now complete, and I have several other projects in the works.
Chris Bostic is an author of young adult novels from St. Louis, Missouri. An avid outdoorsman, Chris uses his experiences to write ultra-realistic, gripping action/adventure, wilderness survival books that appeal to young and old alike.
A father of three and husband to one, Chris shares his outdoors passion with his loving wife, three wonderful children, and a Boy Scout troop. Chris’ teenage son is an Eagle Scout. His red-headed middle child has a passion for reading (and is a budding young author). His youngest child is a very smart toddler who’s growing up too fast while keeping him young at heart.
Somehow, between a full time job and a busy family, Chris finds time to write.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
An avid reader, I spent hours simply reading never giving a thought to writing anything myself. After getting deeply into The Hunger Games Trilogy, I couldn’t bring myself to read Mockingjay a third time after finishing Catching Fire. So I sat the series aside and tried to write something myself. The result is an action/adventure wilderness survival tale with a dystopian edge to it.