The Sowing
Publisher : Layla Dog Press
Description

The Resistance Has Begun.

Remy Alexander was born into the elite meritocracy of the Okarian Sector. From an early age, she and her friends were programmed for intellectual and physical superiority through specialized dietary regimes administered by the Okarian Agricultural Consortium. But when her older sister Tai was murdered in a brutal classroom massacre, her parents began to suspect foul play. They fled the Sector, taking their surviving daughter underground to join the nascent Resistance movement. But now, three years later, Remy’s former schoolgirl crush, Valerian Orleán, is put in charge of hunting and destroying the Resistance. As Remy and her friends race to unravel the mystery behind her sister’s murder, Vale is haunted by the memory of his friendship with Remy and is determined to find out why she disappeared. As the Resistance begins to fight back against the Sector, and Vale and Remy search for the answers to their own questions, the two are set on a collision course that could bring everyone together—or tear everything apart.

In this science-fiction dystopia, the mother-daughter writing team of Kristina, Amira, and Elena Makansi immerses readers in the post-apocalyptic world of the Okarian Sector where romance, friendship, adventure, and betrayal will decide the fate of a budding nation.



The Story Behind This Book
Some time a few years back, my mother Kristina had a dream that stuck with her. She told my sister Elena about it and they mapped out a story idea based on the dream. But they forgot about it until a few years later, when Kristy brought it up to me again, saying she'd never forgotten about it and wanted to revive the concept. The dream depicted two groups of people battling at night in an abandoned city. A girl lying on the ground. A boy stretching his hand out to her. They had a history and a relationship, Kristy knew. What was the story behind their interaction? We wanted to tell that story. So we looked over the map again, made a few changes, and started writing. She wrote a chapter; I wrote a chapter. We got Elena involved again. She wrote a few chapters; I wrote a few chapters. Eight months later, we had a completed manuscript! The dream that sparked the story is still in the book, though it's a lot different now. You'll just have to read to find out where!

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Praise and Reviews

"I was in love with the book from page one. The writing style is so fluent, it keeps you reading and yet makes you stop to soak up all of the beautiful words that have been strung together in a simple yet ornate fashion. The Sowing breaks barriers when it comes to dystopian fiction." - Kevin, Amazon Reviewer

"The brooding story grows and challenges the reader through every episode. Remember to question, and take nothing for granted, you need only be amazed at the magic and creativity of this first book." - Bernard Pilon, Amazon Reviewer 

"Even with the villains unmasked, their motivations remain hidden and leave the reader in a wonderful limbo - can something mitigate their actions? It isn't often villainy is portrayed with such subtlety you find yourself hoping something might excuse abhorrent behavior. That type of sympathy abounds in The Sowing. If you like your heroes pristine, and your villains cast in midnight black, then look elsewhere - in The Sowing, every character is, well, human [...] The Sowing doesn't stop surprising." - C. G. Ayling, Amazon Reviewer

"The Sowing is a wonderful read: well-written, with charming and realistic characters, a compelling plot, and enticing social and political commentary." - Sarah Bellum, Amazon Reviewer 

"And finally, the writing itself was absolutely breathtaking and immensely poetic. I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. There was action, suspense, betrayal, and even romance, and all four were established through powerful words and delicate protrayals of the human condition." - Hiba Tahir, Book Reviewer


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Amira Makansi
I am twenty-four years old. I am a girl. I like to eat (a lot). Together with my mother Kristy and my younger sister Elena I have written the first of a science-fiction, YA trilogy More...