The first in a trilogy, The Bond takes place in a world controlled by a matriarchy that genetically engineers its children and all but enslaves its men. Fifteen-year-old Dinitra has graduated from her school in the Weave and is forced to start her new life as part of the fearsome Legion. Dinitra is convinced the woman who engineered her made a mistake. But she tries to be useful once she’s drafted to fight rebels. The Weave is on the brink of a milestone—the creation of human life entirely without male humans. Soon, the rebels—and men—will be utterly exterminated. But, in a surprise attack, rebels kidnap Dinitra along with the mutant battle dog she’s training. Rebels engineer children, too, but they also make male humans—lots of them—to fight the Weave. Dinitra befriends one of these male rebels, and she feels the stirring of attraction. But human sexuality is a shameful crime in both societies, where only wild beasts mate. As war approaches, Dinitra must make an agonizing decision about what love and loyalty mean in a world of engineered humans, not-so-monstrous mutants, and a war that threatens them all—and where her “useless” artistic talent may end up saving the ones she loves most.

December 2018

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