Z. A. Coe lives in South Korea, where she teaches, dances, and has adventures on her bicycle.
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“If you’re too weak to live, then you deserve to die.”
For twenty years Felix Black has lived under the thumb of the man who killed his parents. Impressed into the brutally austere lifestyle of the murderous criminal group CO9 when he was just a child, Felix has learned how to survive on meager rations and impossibly demanding training.
Despite this, Avery, his kidnapper, continues to call him weak. Chafing under Avery’s taunting mantra that the weak deserve to be punished, Felix finally resolves to prove once and for all that he is stronger than everyone believes—but can he handle the shattering consequences?
After 15-year-old Michelle’s older brother Damien throws her into a bookcase and threatens not to intervene when his predatory friend harasses her, she realizes it’s time to leave. With both parents dead and all of Damien’s money filling the fridge with alcohol instead of food, there’s no reason to come back. She sets out to live permanently in the field that has become her refuge from Damien and his drunken friends and hopes that stolen candy bars are sustenance enough.
When she arrives, however, she finds she’s not the only one who needs the land. Sixteen-year-old J is both tender and strong, but when he sees her plight and starts protecting her, flashes of his own harrowing past begin to surface. Just how deep do his scars run? Are some things impossible to heal from?
Fifteen-year-old Kayden may have two prosthetic limbs, but underneath his master’s robotic improvements, he’s still only human. Or is he? Slaves aren’t afforded any rights in this seedy city, and Kayden’s violent owner, the criminal inventor Dr. Malphanx, has no time for mercy.
When Kayden gets caught by the police and his master’s precious collateral gets confiscated, Malphanx’s brutality shifts into high gear and a series of increasingly harrowing events are set into motion. As things spiral out of control, Kayden is smacked face to face with mortality and realizes there is only one way to restore everything that has been lost—but can he survive the cost?