Ava faced a horrible loss but rather than hide, she takes up arms and sets out to make things right.
"From the first blows dealt at the champion contest, readers will be hooked on Ava's quest to avenge her father and clear the reputation of her village. This neo-medieval, dystopian genre blender will keep readers wondering what's next for Ava long after they've turned the final page." Colleen Clayton, YA author of WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
"You'll want to fight alongside Ava, cheer for her brave warriors, and join the adventure of a lifetime in this exciting debut novel." Abigail Drake, Best-Selling Author
Sixteen-year-old Ava Phoenix’s unlikely defeat of the grand praetorian’s son in a fighting contest triggers her father’s murder and an official decree to destroy her village. Together with her first love, Beau, she races across a post-apocalyptic landscape to save her village while being hunted by her dystopian world’s deadliest teenage warriors.
Heart-rending loss, romance, and an unjust world combine to create a heroine who rises above violence even as she dispenses justice. Ava the Brave shows how a warrior’s heart can be lost and rediscovered even in the most savage of lands.
“Pick up your sword, get your knives, get your butt in the saddle, and get rid of the attitude—it’s time to go.”
Ava looked up into the barn’s rafters and exhaled in frustration. “But why do I—”
Her father held up his hand. “We’re not going over this again, Ava. You’re sixteen. You should’ve gone last year.”
Ava pressed her lips tight. She shifted her gaze to the rest of her team, the Braves, hoping for their support. They stood next to their horses and stared at the ground. Her father was their coach, so no one was going to say a word, even though she’d told all of them she didn’t want to fight in the champion contest. She set her jaw, wishing she didn’t have to go. But wishing hadn’t changed a thing in the past, and it wasn’t going to change anything now.
The days would still be unbearably hot.
Drought would still plague the world.
Rain would still be as rare as a cool breeze.
And the most dangerous teenage fighters from every team in the Reserve would still battle every year in the champion contest.
She shook her head. Water was the reason. Or more precisely, the lack of it. That was why they had this stupid contest—to protect the water of their homeland, the Reserve. The champion contest was where they crowned the best teenage fighters, inducted them into the Reserve’s Elite Guard, and then sent them to lead the defense of the border wall. According to her father, it had been going on ever since the water wars started generations ago, and it all made sense. If the wall fell, the people of the world would come pouring over like locusts to suck their land dry. The contest, the wall, and protecting their water were all that stood between life or death for the people of the Reserve. She had no argument with any of it.
Except for the part where she had to fight the Reserve’s best teenage warriors.
Jules Adrienn is the Young Adult fiction-writing alter ego of an award-winning author from the Midwest. She’s a world traveler, a homebody, a belly-laugher, a bawler, a lover, and a fighter. Stay tuned in to her latest adventures in writing (and life)—she’s always up to something.