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Cover Reveal: Awakening by Karen Sandler

Hi guys! I am excited to participate in the cover reveal for Awakening, the second novel in Karen Sandler’s Tankborn series. I loved Tankborn, it was one of my absolute favourite books of 2011, so you can imagine how happy I was given when I was contacted by the publisher to review the sequel and help reveal its cover! Without further ado: the cover of Awakening!

Awakening Final cover

The cover is gorgeous and powerful, and I love how the publisher stays true to world Sandler has created by not white-washing it. Lee and Low is an independent children’s book publisher that focusses on diversity. The synopsis of Awakening has also been revealed:

Once a Chadi sector GEN girl terrified of her first Assignment, Kayla is now a member of the Kinship, a secret organization of GENs, lowborns, and trueborns. Kayla travels on Kinship business, collecting information to further the cause of GEN freedom.

Despite Kayla’s relative freedom, she is still a slave to the trueborn ruling class. She rarely sees trueborn Devak, and any relationship between them is still strictly forbidden.

Kayla longs to be truly free, but other priorities have gotten in the way. A paradoxically deadly new virus has swept through GEN sectors—a disease only GENs catch. And GEN warrens and warehouses are being bombed, with only a scrawled clue: F.H.E. Freedom, Humanity, Equality.

With the virus and the bombings decimating the GEN community, freedom and love are put on the back burner as Kayla and her friends find a way to stop the killing . . . before it’s too late.

Here is the synopsis and cover of Tankborn, the first book in this series:

  • Published: Published October 1st 2011 by Tu Books
  • Format: Hardcover, 373 pages
  • Series: Tankborn, Book 1
  • ISBN13: 9781600606625 ISBN10: 1600606628
  • Goodreads / The Book Depository

Best friends Kayla and Mishalla know they will be separated for their Assignments. They are GENs, Genetically Engineered Non-humans, and in their strict caste system, GENs are at the bottom rung of society. GENs are gestated in a tank and sent to work as slaves as soon as they reach age fifteen.

When Kayla is Assigned to care for Zul Manel, the patriarch of a trueborn family, she finds secrets and surprises; not least of which is her unexpected friendship with Zul’s great-grandson. Meanwhile, the children that Mishalla is Assigned to care for are being stolen in the middle of the night.

After weeks of toiling in their Assignments, mystifying circumstances enable Kayla and Mishalla to reunite. Together they hatch a plan to save the disappearing children. Yet can GENs really trust humans? Both girls must put their lives and hearts at risk to crack open a sinister conspiracy, revealing secrets no one is ready to face.

You can read my review of Tankborn here.

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