The Third World War brought upon the The Great Civil War that split what was once North America into States separated by a massive canyon created by a devastating missile. Now given the name the New Order United, one half of the new union is a dry land made up of a series of poor towns, while the other half is a green land steeped in wealth and home to bustling cities. Each poor towns’ survival is based on if they are able to produce a child who is chosen to participate in the ever popular Fights held on the other side of the canyon. The towns breed fighters, children are born for the sole purpose of them becoming skilled Fighters in mind.
Sixteen year old Amelia Armstrong sees the chance as recognition after years of hard-work and a chance to save her town and family when she is chosen to be a real Fighter. But Amelia learns the Fights are not how they were portrayed to be all along, they were not at all like how she grew up believing and being told they would be like. She discovers the Fights she had trained her life for, were really Fights that will lead her straight to death, no matter what. It is all a game of twisted politics in which the rich triumph over all, and she’s just a tool being used.
Targeted Age Group:: Young Adult and teen
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired to write this book when I witnessed two birds fighting outside the library’s window, honestly. After that, I wasn’t able to shake the thought from my mind and it just grew and grew.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My main character was mostly inspired by a nickname I decided she would have before I even began writing, that name is ‘Scrappy’. Her personality is complex but her name certainly fits her. As for my other characters, they were mostly inspired by people around me and by Scrappy herself.
“They say momma can’t have anymore kids because of me. They said I came out fighting, wanted out so bad that I tore her all up inside and almost took her life. That was alright though, because all anybody wants around here these days is for their children to be born fighters, and that I was. I was born to fight. Hell, I was bred too, like everybody else born on this side of the canyon. Fighting equaled money and money equaled food, but most important, the green stuff equaled that liquid clear stuff, water. So momma doesn’t blame me for not being able to have a boy because I’m better than most boys.”
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