|About the Book|
Dystopian novel set 743 years from now in a distant world colonized hundreds of years before by wealthy settlers fleeing Earth. At first, things didnt go well for the newcomers. In the early years, colony after colony failed, and the dissatisfiedMoreDystopian novel set 743 years from now in a distant world colonized hundreds of years before by wealthy settlers fleeing Earth. At first, things didnt go well for the newcomers. In the early years, colony after colony failed, and the dissatisfied moved across an earth-like landscape in search of something better. Behind them they left remnants of the earlier colonies to struggle on as they themselves continued to seek a system that could be sustained. They found it in the establishment of Hautland, a domain where everything is designed to be perfect, where everyone knows their place, and as long as they stay in it are never hungry, cold, impoverished, or lacking diversion. For 300 years Hautland has provided stability and prosperity for all within its climate-controlled borders while all around it, scattered across the dreaded Outlands, the older colonies suffer violence and deprivation.As Royal Progress begins, Hautland’s population is no longer as calm or as contented as it once was. There are rumors of resistance, few of which have reached Princess Bettina – “Bettie” – “spare to their heir” and a Junior at the Royal Academy. Then her brother, the heir, dies in an accident, and Bettie must assume his duties, the first one of which is to lead the Royal Progress, a group of fellow students designated to be the leaders of tomorrow’s Hautland. The RP, as the students call it, is intended to be no more than a PR stunt, a planned-to-the-last-degree trek around Hautland’s perimeter. Then something terrible happens, and the students and their teacher guides find themselves fleeing for their lives through the hostile Outlands.With her steadily dwindling RP members, she dodges drowning, claustrophobia, beheading, sex slavery, and sabotage. As their mad flight continues, Bettie discovers that there are conditions worse than boredom, monsters creepier than a hostile stepmother, traitors more dangerous than snarky girlfriends, hurts deeper than being ignored by the boy she’s loved all her life, and betrayals beyond anything she could have imagined.