In the near post-apocalyptic future, the skies are always gray and people are constantly searching for the sun. For teenage outlaw Seph, it’s the only world he’s ever known. With his horse, his favorite pistol, and his knowledge for survival passed down from his dead father, Seph knows it’s safer to be alone. But after a run-in with a local gang that call themselves the Lawmen, and having been wrongly accused of murder, Seph teams up with Avery—a determined girl whose twin brother has been taken by the same gang.
After living in a small, rundown town her whole life, Avery knows nothing of the Wild—the lands controlled by nobody where travel is risky. With Seph’s help, they track down her brother but quickly find the tables have turned and they are now the ones being hunted. With rumors of mysterious dangers to the south and a safe sanctuary to the west, they’ve only got one option, but getting there won’t be easy with the Lawmen on their trail. The only thing that matters in the Wild is how fast your trigger hand is, but Seph doesn’t know if his will be fast enough to save them all.
AuthorBy Gwen Cole
ImprintSky Pony Press
Published22 May 2018
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.
About the author
Gwen Cole grew up in upstate New York and then moved to Virginia, where she did not graduate college. Instead she played bass guitar in a hardcore band and later married the lead guitarist. She enjoys large jigsaw puzzles, playing Xbox, and watching movies. Gwen now lives in Richmond with her husband, daughter, and very large dog, but she longs to live in the country again.
"A dusty, gritty, hair-raising adventure across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. It's impossible not to root for Cole's unlikely heroes." —Erin Bowman, author of Vengeance Road and Retribution Rails
"In a gray Texas landscape decimated by natural disasters, two teens come together to find a way—and a reason—to survive. White teen Seph isn't an outlaw, but he's not sure if he's a cowboy either. He's been on the road since he witnessed his father's murder at age 9. Now he makes his way toward the ocean with his beloved horse, Cade, as his only companion. Seph's never seen the sun or a blue sky—but he still has a chance of finding open water. Meanwhile, white teen Avery lives in a coal town with her twin brother, Finn, their parents both dead. But the mine is no longer producing enough coal, so when the Lawmen show up for their share, they end up taking five boys as payment instead. One of the boys is Finn. As Avery flees, lost and desperate to save her brother, Seph is captured elsewhere; but it isn't long before their fates become entwined. Told through Seph's and Avery's distinct, alternating perspectives, a brutal saga unfolds. In the beginning, the blood and despair are almost too much to take, but once Seph and Avery team up, the darkness recedes just enough for their story to play out. Amid the chaos, a tender romance begins to spark, shedding a much-needed beam of hope onto the ruthless landscape. A starkly violent Western with surprising turns of tenderness." —Kirkus Reviews