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The Maze Runner meets The Hunger Games in this heart-pounding trilogy. Orphaned teens, soon to be hunted for sport, must flee their resettlement camps in their fight for survival and a better life. For in the Republic of the True America, it’s always hunting season. 

After a radiation blast burned most of the earth to a crisp, the new government established settlement camps for the survivors. At one such camp, the sixteen-year-old “LTs” are eager to graduate as part of the Rite … until they learn the dark truth: “LT” doesn’t stand for lieutenant but for Less Thans, feared by society and raised to be hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with the Sisters, twin girls who have suffered their own haunting fate. With sadistic hunters hot on their trail, they together seek the fabled New Territory. Secrets are revealed, allegiances are made, and lives are at stake. As unlikely Book and fearless Hope lead their quest for freedom, these teens must find the best in themselves to fight the worst in their enemies. Riveting action, intense romance, and gripping emotion make this fast-paced adventure a standout debut.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In actor and first-time novelist Isbell’s dystopian future, kids like Book are all too common—orphaned, congenitally deformed by nuclear fallout, and living in ‘resettlement camps’…The two protagonists work well together…The book plays to its strong suits, with plenty of peril (human and otherwise) and illuminating glimpses of the world outside the camps that allowed this system to thrive. First in a planned trilogy, the story delivers its message without moralizing and will keep readers rooting for Book and Hope.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Isbell’s tale keeps readers intrigued and makes a solid contribution to what is becoming an overextended genre…This plot-driven novel covers familiar territory, and the characters do not bring anything new to the genre; yet the action and writing make up for its shortcomings. The book ends with several unanswered questions; no doubt avid dystopian fans will anxiously await the next installment.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Isbell creates a dystopian landscape that is bleak and unforgiving and has eerie echoes of the Holocaust. Careful readers will appreciate the irony and subtle, deeper meanings in character and location names as Isbell shapes his own vision of a dark world.”


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About the Author

Tom Isbell, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and the University of Illinois, spent his professional career acting in theater, film, and television. He has written and performed three one-person plays and taken two productions to the Kennedy Center as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He is the former National Playwriting Program chair for Region V of KCACTF. An associate professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, he was recently named the Albert Tezla Scholar/Teacher of the Year, as well as a Horace T. Morse Distinguished Teacher, the highest undergraduate teaching honor given within the University of Minnesota. He is happily married to Pat Isbell, who is both an actress and an elementary school teacher.