A thrilling YA fantasy debut that plummets readers into a kill-or-be-killed competition where a scrappy underdog hell-bent on revenge must claw his way to the top
Exiled to live as a Low, sixteen-year-old Conrad refuses to become heir to his murderous uncle. But Meritocracy is a harsh and unforgiving rule on the floating island of Holmstead, and when his ailing mother is killed by monstrous gorgantauns Conrad cuts a deal to save the only family he has left. To rescue his sister from his uncle's clutches, Conrad must enter the Selection of the Twelve Trades.
Hunter, the deadliest of all the Trades, gains a fresh recruit with Conrad. Now he must endure vigorous training, manipulative peers, and the Gauntlet—a brutal final test that yields riches and status to whichever skyship crew kills the most gorgantauns. Forced to serve in the lowest of all stations and unseen by all, Conrad overhears whispers of rebellion in the dark. All his life, Conrad hadn’t known anything existed below the toxic black clouds of the Skylands . . . until now.
Grab your copy of Book One of the Above the Black trilogy today! A great pick for fans of Suzanne Collins, Orson Scott Card, and Scott Westerfeld.
Sky's End is planned to release on January 2nd, 2024.
Book 2: AMONG SERPENTS (Spring 2025)
Book 3: DOWNFALL (Spring 2026)
Published by Peachtree Teen.