In her first book, North to Nara, Neve and Micah fall in love. But they weren't allowed to love. They face discrimination, bullying and even death in order to be together. They look to the country next to them as the promised land where they can be together.
But things aren't always what they seem...
They thought their troubles were over … but they’ve only just begun.
For Neve Hall and Micah Ward, the New Republic has always represented more than its legends of snowflakes and butterflies. It has also meant hope—and the freedom to love. But reality differs from their dreams. Living in a shelter for refugees, the pair must convince their immigration case manager that they are worthy of citizenship. Failure means deportation back to the Nation—and their deaths.
But assimilating isn’t easy—especially when tensions between the Republic and Nation flare. Before long, Neve and Micah find themselves at the epicenter of the conflict, kidnapped and held hostage by Sans Murs, a group of radicals who won’t surrender until the Nation meets their demands. Sans Murs has named its terms, but the Nation has one of its own: Micah’s return. Torn between two worlds, are they fated to unravel?
I shake my head adamantly, struggling to find words to make him see the truth: that I only want him to be himself again. “I’m on your side, Micah—I’m always on your side. I don’t care about school or scars. I care about you—”
He’s too lost in his pain and grief and anger to hear me. When he looks at me, he only sees past hurt staring back at him. “If you didn’t want to be with me anymore, you could’ve just said so—you didn’t need to sign my death warrant by talking to Anh. I’m sure the Nation would’ve accepted you back knowing you’ve renounced me—”
I’m sobbing by now, my tears falling so fast that I’m practically blind. “I don’t want the Nation—I want you. I’ve always wanted you, from that first day in the Commons when you helped Luke.”
I try to take his hand again, but he turns away.
“Micah, don’t do this—don’t shut me out. Please. We’ve been through too much together,” I whisper.
I reach out to touch his shoulder, to try to calm and comfort him. He stands up, though, slipping from my grasp, and crosses the room. Without a word, he takes his jacket off its hook in the closet and leaves, slamming the door behind him. A bang so loud it seems to shake the building—and me—to the bones.
Alone, I cry until I fall asleep, still fully dressed, on top of the plain, starchy covers. I’ve known Micah Paxton Ward for nearly seven months. In that time, I’ve gone to bed loving him, dreaming of him, missing him, worried for him, and grateful to be beside him. I’ve never gone to sleep at night upset with him. Until now.
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When Amanda was a child, her father traveled frequently for business, always bringing back a book as a present for her. Whether she was getting lost in the pages of a tale about far-away knights, girls with supernatural powers, or kindly giants, she was quickly hooked on stories.
Over the years, Amanda has followed her own yellow brick road of reading and writing, and although her adventures haven’t involved sword fights or saving the planet from certain annihilation, they have involved jobs in scholarly publishing and marketing, a modest amount of travel, and a lifelong love of novels.
Amanda holds degrees in English from Salve Regina University and Boston College. Her favorite things include Starbucks lattes, lazy summer afternoons at the beach, and books with characters that make you go “awww.” She lives in New Hampshire with her family and furbaby, Snickers the Poodle.
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