"Heartbreaking and beautiful... an all-around good read." - Tiffany, Painted Words Reviews
"For those of you who love the Hunger Games and Divergent, Spectacle will be sure to tickle your readerly taste buds." - LisAnn, The Indigo Quill Book Reviews
"I am an avid dystopian reader, so it takes a lot to wow me at this point. Thisis by far one of my new favorites." - Brandi L., LibraryThing Reviewer
"I enjoyed this book very much. There were parts where I cried and not too many books are written well enough to make me cry." - Sally H., Goodreads Reviewer
"Spectacle is a well-written and wonderfully paced young adultnovel that keeps the reader turning page after page..." - Amazon Reviewer
From the Author
A gasp from the crowd tugs at me, and I open my eyes. "Dad, look..." a teenage boy says. His eyes start at my newly rolled dreads, hanging heavy around my shoulders and down my back, then travel to my drawn-on markings. I remembered the way my father's appeared when his marks returned - starting at the corners of his eyes and splaying out into the shape of a half-butterfly on each side - so I recreated it with blue eyeliner.The boy's eyes drop lower to my gladiator garb: a metal chest plate with straps around the shoulders and torso, and a skirt made from strips of leather.
My intention was to represent all today,everything that makes me who I am: the races that were torn apart by hatred and greed, but will hopefully be reunited in truth.
And I think I've accomplished it.
I shift on my bare feet as the others turn to look at me one by one. Awe registers in their expressions, then within a slice of a second their awe launches into venomous hatred.
At first I want to recoil and back away,but I feel myself lock into place, jaw set, eyes focusing on the floor and Luxxe whispering in my ear, Show them you'renot afraid.