Saturday, March 17, 2012
The book takes place in a future Los Angeles; the United States has split into two warring countries, and L.A. is part of the Republic, a country dominated by its military in its battle to overcome the Colonies. One of the two main characters is Day, a kid from the slums who, after failing the Trials (Lu describes them as the SATs on steroids), escapes back into his neighborhood (those who fail the Trials are supposed to be sent to labor camps) and becomes a fugitive and (according to the government) a terrorist. The other is June, a child prodigy (she passed the Trials with a perfect score of 1500) who is being groomed by the military for its upper echelons.
Ordinarily, there would be no reason for these two 15-year-olds to cross paths; but in the course of breaking into a hospital to score some scarce and precious drugs for his sick family, Day encounters June's older brother, Metias, an officer sent to investigate the break-in, and kills him (or did he?), and June's commanding officer sends her undercover out into the city to find and trap Day.
The sequel is due out in September, and the book has also been optioned by CBS Films; producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen (who produced Twilight) are attached to the project.
Here's a great story about the day Lu found out her book would be published, followed by an exerpt from the book: