The Shadows We Make – Young Adult

The Shadows We Make by Jo Allen Ash

“A beautifully crafted SF dystopia, boasting relatable characters and a skillful plot.” BookLife

“Loved it…an amazing read.” Four Stars – Sally Atlass – ReedsyDiscovery

“…high stakes adventure…thoughtful worldbuilding…strong emotional themes.” Five Stars – K.C. Finn – Readers Favorite

Grace Irese, sixteen-year-old desert warrior with a chip on her shoulder, is gifted in ways she does not yet realize. Duncan Oaks, teenage member of the Grif-Drif Con-Artist Guild, is a boy who has made one bad choice too many. When they are both remanded to an off-world juvenile facility with lifetime sentences. Grace and Duncan plot an escape into the horrific environment beyond in order to save Duncan’s sister from Grace’s war-torn world. Will they and their unlikely companions survive unscathed or find themselves forever altered?

Set in dark alien words and told in the first person with three separate voices, The Shadows We Make is a young adult tale filled with bravery, magic and the binding power of friendship.

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