Selena Flood is a fighter of preternatural talent. But not even her quick fists and nimble feet could save her parents from the forces of New Canaan, the most ruthless and powerful of the despotic kingdoms populating America-that-was.
Forced to flee the tyrannical state with her younger brother Simon in tow, Selena is now the last chance for peace in a continent on the verge of complete destruction.
In her pocket is a data stick, the contents of which cost her parents their lives. Selena must now ensure it reaches the Republic of California—a lone beacon of liberty shining across a vast and barren wasteland—before it’s too late.
Between New Canaan and California stretch the Middle Wastes: thousands of desolate miles home to murderers, thieves, and a virulent strain of grass called yellow locust that has made growing food all but impossible. So when Selena and Simon stagger into Fallowfield, an oasis of prosperity amidst the poisoned plains, everything seems too good to be true—including the warm welcome they receive from the town’s leader, a peculiar man known only as The Mayor.
As Selena delves deeper into the sinister secrets of this seemingly harmless refuge, she soon learns there is a much darker side to Fallowfield and the man who runs it. Before long, she must call upon the skills she honed in the fighting pits of New Canaan to ensure not only her own survival, but that of her brother, in whom the Mayor has taken far too keen an interest.
And she’d better act fast, for an all-out war inches ever closer, and New Canaan is never as far away as it seems.
Yellow Locust by Justin Joschko
Release Date: May 8, 2018
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First of all, thanks for picking up a copy of Yellow Locus. There’s no shortage of books out there to choose from, so I appreciate you giving mine a chance.
Yellow Locust is a story of Selena and Simon Flood, two siblings who lose everything they have but each other, and find themselves on the forefront of a war against an empire called New Canaan. Their only weapon is their very survival, as they hold a data stick containing key information that New Canaan wants to use to destroy the only state standing in the way of their total domination of the continent: the Republic of California. The siblings must reach the Republic with the data stick if they are to have any chance of stopping New Canaan. The problem: they’re on the east coast, California is on the west, and three thousand miles of brutal wastelands lie in between.
After months of trudging through arid plains and ruined cities, starvation inching ever closer behind them, they happen upon Fallowfield, a prosperous farming community nestled like an oasis amidst the poisoned prairies. The place feels like a mirage, its lush green crops and well-fed citizenry in stark contrast to the surrounding countryside. Simon is ecstatic, Selena suspicious, and their differing reactions form a fault line between the two siblings, which the town’s enigmatic leader—a foppish man known only as The Mayor—is happy to exploit. For not all is as it seems in Fallowfield, and prosperity in the fields comes at a terrible price.
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About the Author
Justin Joschko is an author from Niagara Falls, Ontario. His writing has appeared in newspapers and literary journals across Canada. Yellow Locust is his first novel. He currently lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.
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