Crown of Oblivion
In this mesmerizing YA fantasy mash-up of The Road meets The Amazing Race, one girl chooses to risk her life in a cutthroat competition in order to win her freedom.
In Lanoria, Outsiders, who don't have magic, are inferior to Enchanteds, who do. That's just a fact for Astrid, an Outsider who is indentured to pay off her family's debts. She serves as the surrogate for the princess--if Renya steps out of line, Astrid is the one who bears the punishment for it.
But there is a way out: the life-or-death Race of Oblivion. First, racers are dosed with the drug Oblivion, which wipes their memories. Then, when they awake in the middle of nowhere, only cryptic clues--and a sheer will to live--will lead them through treacherous terrain full of opponents who wouldn't think twice about killing each other to get ahead.
But what throws Astrid the most is what she never expected to encounter in this race. A familiar face she can't place. Secret powers she shouldn't have. And a confusing memory of the past that, if real, could mean the undoing of the entire social structure that has kept her a slave her entire life.
Competing could mean death...but it could also mean freedom.
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About the Author
Julie Eshbaugh is a YA writer and former filmmaker. She made two short films and then spent several years producing an online video series for teens, which received several honors from the Webby Awards. You can learn more about Julie's writing escapades (with the online group Publishing Crawl) by visiting www.julieeshbaugh.com.
"Having similar tones and themes to Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games, this book would be enjoyed by those who like dystopian-themed novels."--School Library Journal
"There's a hint of romance and fodder for discussions about bystander responsibilities, as well as the impact of emotional ties."--Booklist Online
"Astrid's strong, stubborn character offers readers a magical heroine who's fun to root for."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books