Trella is a scrub. She works on the lower level of a community where she and her ilk do the dirty work that keeps the operation going, mostly for the benefit of the Uppers. Known as Queen of the Pipes, Trella’s job cleaning ductwork also allows some privacy, as she finds places to hide. To help her only friend, she becomes involved protecting the Broken Man, a prophet who preaches about a mysterious Gateway. Then the trouble begins. Snyder has written a science-fiction thriller that is as surprising as it is exciting. With cliff-hangers ending every chapter, readers will be compelled to devour this quickly, but there’s plenty to think about, too, as Trella must decide who her friends are, what’s important to her, and what she is willing to sacrifice for an abstract, possibly false vision of hope. The romance Trella encounters ups the stakes as well. Snyder does a great job of tying up enough loose ends to make the story satisfying yet leaving enough questions open that lead right to a sequel. Grades 8-12. --Ilene Cooper
About the Author
Maria V. Snyder is the New York Times
bestselling author of the Study series, the Glass series, the Healer series, Inside Out
, and Outside In
. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State and a Master of Arts degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. Unable to part ways with Seton Hill, Maria is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program. Find her on the Web at MariaVSnyder.com.