Sixteen-year-old Avene was sentenced to prison at thirteen for a crime she didn't commit. Now she has a chance to win her freedom back – if she enters the Headhunters Race. Second prize isn't so bad either, an upgrade to the Leisure Prison if you make it to the finish line. To win either prize, Avene and the other prisoners must navigate one hundred and fifty miles of dense forest, desert, and worst of all, cannibal territory.With a mechanical collar timed to strangle the prisoners if they're not back in nine days, Avene allies herself with seventeen-year-old McCoy, another prisoner that insists on helping her at every turn and a boy she's trying hard not to fall for. Together they battle nature, other prisoners, and the timed death collars to win the coveted prize. But when Avene is tested with one deadly conflict after another, she realizes there is more at stake than winning her freedom – first she has to survive.
Here's an interview with Avene (we stole her for a few minutes during a lesser life or death moment lol!)
Q – What’s it like living in a fend-for-yourself prison?
A – Its hell. Especially if you’re the stepdaughter of the man who sentenced every last person in there to life. We drink dirty water, scavenge for usable items, and barely get enough food to sustain us. I have to hunt whatever bugs and rodents I can find to supplement the slop they dump in.
Q – How can you hunt in a prison?
A – Hunting inside the prison is not easy. There isn’t much to hunt considering we’re on the inside and most animals are smart enough to stay on the out. Fighting for slop is worse though. But the place is run-down and there are plenty of openings for small animals to find their way inside.
Q – Is it true that you are missing a body part?
A – *Sighs* Figures you would ask me about that, but it’s true and it’s not really all that noticeable. It could’ve been worse if it weren’t for Verla.
Q – I’m so sorry. Speaking of Verla, she was a tough woman, how did you meet up with her initially?
A – There was no meeting up with Verla. She decided if she wanted you around or not and I guess I was lucky enough that she took me in. Otherwise, I’d be dead.
Q – Do you miss her?
A – I miss her every day.
Q – What about McCoy?
A – What about him? Do you want to know why he annoys me so much?
Q – Yes.
*Okay, Avene's got it hard...like really hard. But that's just what we do with our characters. Let's settle down to a moment of getting to know Avene's author.*
Kimberly is the mother of two awesome kids, wife of the nicest man in the world, and her dog's best friend. She works by day and writes middle grade and young adult science fiction and fantasy novels in her spare time. She lives with her family in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.
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