For Kaia, setting foot outside can be deadly. Climate change has made Earth too dangerous for people to live anywhere but inside the City. Run on the energy created by its Citizens and sustainable in every way, the City uses microchips, called pulse points, to control the energy its inhabitants use. When Kaia's pulse point malfunctions, she experiences freedom from the strict City rules for the first time in her life. With unlimited energy, she doesn't need to run for hours on a sensor mat, and she can share energy to hide her grandmother's failing health. But a shocking discovery makes her question what goes on inside the City walls and sets her on a journey to discover the world outside them.
Colleen Nelson is the author of YA fiction books Finding Hope (2016), 250 Hours (2015), The Fall (2013) and Tori by Design (2011). The Fall and Tori by Design both won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. The Fall was also nominated for the White Pine Award. Colleen works as a teacher librarian in Winnipeg where she lives with her husband, two young sons and three grown step-children. Colleen manages to eke out time to write everyday, but usually in the early morning after a strong cup of coffee.
2020 MYRCA Northern Lights Nominee
"Tense, engaging, thoughtful." - Ali Bryan, 49th Shelf