War and Money, Book 1 by Sofia Diana Gabel
The alien wars are unending. In 2187, Earth has the Katarga trapped on the moon, refusing to allow them to escape. The Piltrak and Jurale are pending threats, which forces Global Command to recruit 15-year-olds as soldiers. Dax, low-status and a non-conformist, never imagined she’d be a soldier, yet she was hand-picked by gruff Commander Viteri, taken from her parents, never to see them again. She doesn’t want to kill aliens, and suspects there’s more to the wars than keeping the aliens at bay. The problem is, can she survive long enough to find the truth?
Targeted Age Group:: All audiences
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 2 – PG
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Wars are a terrible, albeit sometimes necessary, way to handle situations across countries or regions. I have never liked the idea of wars and the countless deaths and injuries they cause, and I have a definite dislike for how wars generate money for businesses. Young adults are the usual victims in wars and are used because they can be manipulated easier, so I wrote War and Money with a young female protagonist who rises to the occasion to save the human race, and the aliens Earth is fighting.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I wanted a young girl who can think for herself and not simply follow the rules or commands of the adults in charge. Dax isn't perfect and has self-doubts, but she won't stand for injustice, no matter what it costs her. She wants to live in peace, not be used as a tool or propaganda.
Soldiering is a world I know nothing about. All I have left are my memories of home. It seems like forever ago, but it was just this morning that I woke up and smelled the wonderful buttery aroma of birthday cake baking. Ma must have saved for weeks to buy eggs. Before it came out of the oven though, Viteri showed up at our door.
That was the moment my life changed. He ordered me out of my bedroom and made me stand against the wall in our tiny living room. He’s so big, he took up most of the room and made Ma and Da look incredibly small with their heads drooped down. That’s something I’ll never forget because they looked defeated. I’ve never seen them like that. Even with us being poor and low status, they always had hope and made the best of things. That hope vanished this morning though and that’s what scared me most.
When Viteri went on about how the only option Ma and Da had was to advance me instead of keeping me home where I could work in our outlier, I got all sweaty and almost fainted. That’s when Ma yanked the cake out of the oven and tried to hand me piece, but Viteri was fast and smacked it away, grinding it under his boot. The expression on Ma’s face crushed me inside.
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