Eighty years in the future, America has devolved into a totalitarian theocracy. The ruling Josephites clone the only seeds that grow in the post-apocalyptic climate, allowing their Prophet to control who eats, who starves, and who dies in the ritual fires that atone society.
Subsisting on the fringes, Archer risks violation and death each day as she scours the forest for game to feed her people. When a Josephite refugee seeks sanctuary in her home, Archer is driven to chance a desperate gamble. A gamble that will bring down the Prophet and deliver seeds and freedom, or end in a fiery death for herself and for everyone she loves.
Seeds are life . . . Seeds are power . . . Seeds are the only hope of a despairing people. What will Archer do for the seeds of freedom, and what will she justify in their name?
Praise for FIRELANDS
“Piper Bayard’s FIRELANDS is a harrowing and cautionary tale of a world in strife, of men and women struggling to survive amidst the fiery apocalyptic ruins of modern society. Thrilling, moving, and ultimately hopeful, here is a novel to be savored long after you turn the last page.”
—James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of Bloodline
“With great characters and an amazing world that both mystifies and terrifies, FIRELANDS deserves to be mentioned with the other great dystopian novels of the past three years.”
—Jeff Ayers, Author Magazine
“With echoes of Under the Banner of Heaven and The Hunger Games, FIRELANDS is a sprawling adventure ranging across a world racked by post-apocalyptic want, denial, and prophetic dictum. Equal parts heroic quest and morality play, it races forward on a current of deftly woven characters and breakneck action, never failing to deliver what every reader wants–a helluva good story.”
—Ryne Douglas Pearson, screenwriter of Knowing and best selling author of Simple Simon and Confessions
“Piper Bayard explodes on the scene in FIRELANDS. Creative. Imaginative. Chilling and reassuring. A captivating tale well told.”
—Vicki Hinze, USA Today Best Selling Author of Mindreader
“FIRELANDS envisions a terrifying and prescient future of a United States lost to the worst extremes. Piper Bayard’s wonderfully relevant and beautifully realized fantasy tale would make George R.R. Martin proud as it combines the best of Children of Men with Stephen King’s seminal The Stand . . . the result is a major debut that is not to be missed.”
—Jon Land, bestselling author of Strong at the Break and Betrayal