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A beautifully written futuristic romance
'There is a rumour that the Elites don't bleed.'
Hundreds of years into the future, wars, riots, resource crises and rising sea-levels have destroyed the old civilisations. Only one city has survived: Neo-Babel, a city full of cultures - and racial tension. Fifteen-year-old Silver is an Elite, a citizen of Neo-Babel chosen to guard the city due to her superior DNA. She'd never dream of leaving - but then she fails to prevent the assassination of Neo Babel's president, setting off a chain of events more shocking and devastating than she could ever have imagined. Forced to flee the city with her best friend Butterfly (a boy with genetically-enhanced wings), Silver will have to fight to find her family, uncover the truth about Neo-Babel and come to terms with her complicated feelings for Butterfly.
Packed full of adventure, romance, exoticism and the power of friendship, THE ELITES is a highly compelling and beautifully written novel from a supremely talented debut author.
stomach drop. Cobe held up his hands. ‘Look, I didn’t mean to listen in on your conversation. Taiyo told me what happened to Silver’s parents, and when you didn’t come back to our bedroom, I guessed you’d be up here. But then I heard shouting and …’ Silver eyed him carefully. She liked Cobe, but there was a part of her that was wary of him. He’d always been slightly distant with her, and she could never tell what he was thinking. Could they trust him? ‘Well, you’ve heard it all now,’ said
bedroom. The three of them had not stopped talking since lunch. Silver could hear their voices coming from the neighbouring room. It made her think of her parents, and how happy they would all be when reunited. She couldn’t bear to think of the alternative. Finally too restless to try to sleep any longer, Silver pushed back the blankets and got out of bed. A long walk might help clear her mind. Taking care not to make any noise so she wouldn’t be called in to join Butterfly, Leanor and Emeli,
snarl. Then his head disappeared in a cloud of red. The smell of wet metal hit her like a wall, and the screaming began. 3 The Head of the Elites That evening, the streets were silent. Still. Across the city, celebrations had been planned for after the parade; paper lantern-lighting parties, late-opening hours for bars, dances and meals and floating arcades. But they had all been abandoned. Instead, people huddled in their homes, watching the footage of Tanaka’s assassination on their
them were the same ones that our Elites and police and soldiers use, so we’ve a pretty good idea that they were shot by Butterfly and Silver.’ Relief flooded Cobe’s body, but he had only a moment to relax before Ember darted forward, grabbing the collar of his top and jerking him towards her. ‘Why?’ she asked. ‘Why do you care whether they died? Silver and Butterfly betrayed us. They’re probably working for an anti-birthchip group. If you aren’t on their side, then why not let them die for the
They killed everyone.’ She glanced away for a second, her eyes shivering in the darkening light. ‘This was right at the start of Joza’s defence of the Purges, so he was inexperienced and ill-prepared. By the time he arrived with a few others, I was the only one in the village left alive. Only because a couple of the soldiers had decided to … to keep me. For a bit of fun, I think they called it. I have no doubt they were planning to kill me after. Joza found us just outside the village. I’ll never