Walking Shadows #1
I fled as they destroyed my home.
I watched as they murdered my family.
I stood silent as they stole my name and threw my life in chains.
I stare coldly at my fading reflection with only one question to ask:
Them or Me?
Set in a future where the United States has fallen, a girl is ripped from her home as a child and forced to endure the harshness around her or else surrender to the dust of bones she treads on. Her life becomes simple: kill or be killed. What she didn’t count on was the heavy cost this world would drain from her soul. When she crosses paths with a curious stranger who offers to show her a place without a map, they head across the crumbling land in search of the fabled Sanctuary. Neither enemies nor elements that rip her hair and claw at her heels can stand in the way of her will to survive.
They say demons lurk in the shadows, but here they strut boldly under the angry sun.
~OCTOBER 30, 2018~
“A beautifully written story with gritty undertones that paints a picture of a dystopian America baked by a red sun…The love at the heart of this book made my heart pound and break. I can’t say much more without giving anything away so all I say is pick up this book!!! You won’t be disappointed!!”
–Caroline Peckham, author of the V Games series
“Alarum left me a blubbering mess. Since 3 am this morning, I’ve had moments where I’ve stopped and just thought about this book. Thank you so much for writing a book that had me staring down the barrel of a gun right beside the girl with many names. I absolutely loved it.”
“Just when you think things are as bleak as can be…you were wrong, because they’re bleaker. But the author also does an amazing job of sprinkling little seeds of hope when you need them most. It’s really the best of both worlds.”
-It Starts at Midnight
“What started out as a coming-of-age story in a lawless dystopian land; ripe with casual murders, children being trained as soldiers and slaves, and the occasional back-stab turned rather suddenly into a story that, quick and silent as a wraith, may have just crumbled my feelings into dust. My heart…hurts. …This book was everything I have always wanted in a YA Dystopian styled western. I am officially hooked on Talis Jones and her stories, and I fully expect you all to be as well.”
–Jenacide By Bibliophile
“If you’re looking for a standalone that crosses genres and captures the wild spirit of the American West, the grit of a dystopian future, and the heart of a girl who refuses to lie down when the demons come a calling, then Alarum is a definite must-read.”