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340 pp • ISBN: 978-1-61614-909-3
Hardcover • $17.99
Cover Illustration: © Jackie Cooke
A futuristic novel for young adults, The Blood of the Lamb trilogy is, at its heart, political - a reflection on the way a few very powerful (mostly white) men hold the balance of power all around the world and maintain it through intimidation, incarceration, and fear.
When Maryam arrives back at Onewere and tries to loosen the Apostles' religious stranglehold by sharing the miraculous remedy for Te Matee lai, she finds herself captured once again - prey to the Apostles' deadly game. The ruling elite manipulate her return by setting in motion a highly orchestrated ritual before a hysterical and brain-washed crowd. Somehow Maryam must get the islanders to listen to her plea that they start thinking for themselves - hoping to stir the independence in their hearts, even as she finds herself on the brink of death.
Praise for The Blood of the Lamb:
"Just the thing for those readers still hungry for dystopias."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Readers who love dystopian fiction, yet are searching for a unique storyline, should take a chance with Hager's novel. The imperfect protagonist, the low-key romance that sparks life into a dangerous story, and the urgency the characters carry make Hager's The Crossing an addicting and thought-provoking read."
"A post-apocalyptic thriller of such force and originality…."
- Booktopia SF & Fantasy