|In the Empire, defiance is
met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk
the execution of their loved ones. Laia’s family ekes out a meager existence.
They do not challenge the Empire, for they have seen what happens to those who
do. But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, she agrees to become a spy
for the rebels in return for their freeing her brother. Sent to the Empire’s
military academy, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier – and secretly,
it’s most unwilling. Elias only wants to be free of the tyranny he’s being
trained to enforce. The two soon realize that their destinies are intertwined –
and that their choices may change the fate of the Empire itself. Your young rebels will be inspired by the
determination of these two young people to be free of those who would subjugate
them. Ages 13 and up. 446pp.
Signed by Sabaa Tahir