From the author of The Summer Prince, a novel that's John Grisham's The Pelican Brief meets Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain set at an elite Washington, DC, prep school.
Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend, and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington, DC's elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital, days later, with no memory of the end of the night.
Meanwhile, the world has fallen apart: A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation, forcing quarantines, curfews, even martial law. And Roosevelt is certain that Bird knows something. Something about the virus--something about her parents' top secret scientific work--something she shouldn't know.
The only one Bird can trust is Coffee, a quiet, outsider genius who deals drugs to their classmates and is a firm believer in conspiracy theories. And he believes in Bird. But as Bird and Coffee dig deeper into what really happened that night, Bird finds that she might know more than she remembers. And what she knows could unleash the biggest government scandal in US history.
Includes a bonus song, "Love is the Drug," performed by Alaya Dawn Johnson.
About the Author
Alaya Dawn Johnson is the author of The Summer Prince, which received three starred reviews, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a 2013 Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. She grew up in Washington, DC, where she attended the National Cathedral School. She went on to Columbia University and now lives in Mexico City. Visit her at www.alayadawnjohnson.com.