Wasteland, a young adult apocalyptic trilogy
Cast Aside, book 1
When environmental collapse forces the Job Creators to retreat to sealed domes, those left behind have two choices: fight for survival or perish.
For years, seventeen-year-old Alessandro Bonanno has managed to scrape out a living by digging out scrap from derelict buildings. Were it not for his determination to save his seven-year-old brother, Enzo, Alessandro might have chosen the easy way out, as his father has, disappearing down a bottle of cheap liquor.
Alessandro’s situation becomes far more precarious and dangerous when the Creators flee, taking all semblance of law and order with them. With no other options, he agrees to work for a crime lord in exchange for protection for himself and his brother. But the deeper the crime lord draws Alessandro into her web, the more he fears he and his brother will never escape.
Born seventeen years ago on a Creator’s farming collective, Valeria Lagunes has never known anything other than a life of toil under the relentless sun. Despite what the Creators’ propaganda insists, crop yields are dwindling with each passing year, begging the question of which lives will be prioritized when there isn’t enough food to go around.
Yet as terrified as Valeria is of the impending famine, those fears are nothing compared to what her community must face when the Creators abandon them. Suddenly, the people of the collective are no longer just simple farmers. In this new lawless world, they must become warriors in order to defend their own. But can Valeria live with herself when forced to make decisions that go against every conviction she holds most dear?
Pulled Together, book 3
Time has become the collective’s scarcest resource. Holed up in a location they can’t hope to defend, and with precious few supplies, their very survival hinges on finding a defensible place to settle, somewhere they can risk using their limited store of seeds to grow more food.
Valeria pounces on the chance to join one of the scouting teams tasked with finding a new home. Reeling from the aftermath of her parents’ actions and searching for answers, she’s desperate to get out into the wasteland and discover who and what else is out there.
Afraid the collective’s recent upheaval will call his position into question once more, Alessandro is doing his best to blend in. But when the scouting teams begin bringing back information into which he alone can provide insight, information that may hold the key to finding a secure location for the collective, he has no choice but to draw attention to himself.
When a marauding group begins closing in on their borders, the collective is forced to reckon with losing their one and only edge. Whatever the cost, they must move before they’re truly prepared or risk annihilation.
Torn Apart, book 2
What if the fight for survival isn't worth the cost?
The collective isn't the safe haven Alessandro had hoped it would be. Many of the members suspect he'd sell them out in an instant for his own benefit, and the threat of more assaults coupled with the dwindling food supply have left them with no other choice than to search for a more defensible location.
Valeria is doing her best to grapple with her losses and adjust to her new reality, but when the collective's leaders reveal the location of a secret underground agricultural facility and announce plans to move there, she fears they're putting too much stock in the hope that the facility will be their salvation. Yet if everyone is to survive, they'll need the facility's technology to grow their own food.
The perilous journey turns out to be the least of their worries. After a devastating betrayal, can the collective find the will to stay together or will they too dissolve, pitting member against member in a deadly battle for existence?