Deadly Destinations travels to the ravaged world of Kiel. Kiel may look beautiful but it is quite dangerous and living there is absolutely terrifying for its inhabitants. For more on Kiel check out the post below and the Extraction series by Stephanie Diaz. The final novel in the series, Evolution, will be released on September 8, 2015 from St. Martin’s Griffin. The Extraction series is for readers who love young adult science fiction/dystopian type novels.
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Visitor’s Guide to Kiel’s Surface
So, you’re thinking about visiting Kiel’s Surface? I suppose my home might look appealing from the outside. From space the planet looks lush and full of greenery: jungles, and mountains and plains. The desert seems small in comparison. And have you seen our moon? Those swirls of pink fog collecting on its surface make the night sky simply lovely as you’re strolling down the streets of camp.
But here’s my biggest piece of advice for you: Don’t come any closer. Turn your spaceship around and fly it straight back to wherever you came from. Trust me, anywhere is better than here.
Don’t believe me? Fine, I’ll show you around and we’ll see if you change your mind. But I won’t be putting my skin on the line for you if you do anything stupid. So don’t do anything stupid.
(Again, you really should run while you still can.)
Our planet has five sectors, four of them underground. The Surface is easily the most dangerous sector of them all.
If you’re twenty or younger, you’ll be tossed straight into the death camp and put to work pulling weeds out of the crop fields, tending to the animals in the pens, and starving half to death. There’s no escape from it, unless you’re lucky enough to pass the Extraction test when you turn sixteen. Then you just might win an escape, but only ten kids are chosen out of hundreds every year so the odds are slim. Oh, and if you don’t pass, when you turn twenty the officials will haul you to the quarantine facility. Gas chambers. Even our deaths can’t be quick or painless.
But I haven’t even mentioned the worst part. You’ve seen the moon shining up there, all pink and glowing every night? Well, I wouldn’t stay outside to gaze at it too long. That pink gas is acid—acid that’ll burn your face off and make your death a hundred times more painful than the gas chamber. The shield up in the atmosphere is supposed to protect us from the acid, but it’s been known to glitch.
Already over the age of twenty? Well, you might get lucky. There’s a chance the Developers might decide you’re worth keeping around if you have an exceptionally high Promise. But your intelligence or strength would have to be off the charts. And you’ve already missed your chance to take the official Extraction test, so it’s pretty unlikely the Developers will make an exception.
Let’s say you’re lucky enough to pass the Extraction test, or lucky enough to win an exception—where do you go next? Your prize is a one-way ticket to the Core, the sector built around—you guessed it—the core of Kiel. Don’t worry, you won’t die from molten lava or anything; our engineers have done an excellent job of making the Core inhabitable over the centuries. In fact, you’re safer in the Core than anywhere else on the planet. You’ll have better food, more recreational options, job opportunities that don’t involve coming home covered in mud and stinky of manure, and, best of all, you’ll never even have to think about the moon’s acid seeping through the walls.
But there are three important rules you need to follow in order to have a safe life in the Core:
- 1. Don’t ask questions.
- 2. Don’t fight the doctors.
- 3. Don’t disobey the Developers.
My trouble was: I’ve never been great at following the rules.
Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, Extraction, while studying film at San Diego State University. She has since written two sequels, Rebellion and the forthcoming Evolution, which hits shelves September 8th. In her spare time she fangirls over TV shows and writes music.
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About this Book:
The final book in the brilliantly paced Extraction series. About a fearless girl who wins escape from a brutal life only to find herself battling to save her planet from destruction.
THE FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVES STARTS NOW
Clementine and Logan’s world is on the brink of destruction. An army of aliens from the distant planet Marden has arrived with a massive fleet of battleships, intent on finally putting an end to an age-old war. With the Alliance headquarters reduced to rubble and one of the rebel leaders close to death, Clementine and her friends have no choice but to retreat to the Core to escape the alien ships attacking the Surface.
But safety in the Core means forming a temporary alliance with their sworn enemy. Though he’s a ruthless man they cannot trust, striking a bargain with him—his pardon in exchange for their help defeating the Mardenites—seems the only way the rebels might survive. The only way that Clementine and Logan might finally live in peace. But their hope for peace is short lived as they soon find out that Marden’s force is more powerful than anyone anticipated, with weapons and technologies never before seen on Kiel. Unless old feuds can be set aside long enough for a diplomatic solution to be found, all of Kiel’s people will be destroyed, and all of Clementine’s sacrifices will mean nothing.
With pulse-pounding twists and turns, the stunning conclusion to the Extraction series will leave you breathless!
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