Nadya Illyushin spends her teenage days at Institution, like most young residents of Stary Sovok. Stary is a bleak colony of Russkaya Amerika, established several hundred years ago, after the Great Intercontinental War of 1983. Nadya's nights are spent caring for her widowed, State-employed father and enjoying the company of her sparkling younger sister, Saski. She has never known anything outside of the lackluster world of State-regulated life: an existence of overly restrictive regulation, meager survival, and dependency upon a bureaucracy, which is ever so callously referred to as "Betterment." That is, however, until she stumbles upon a mysterious place in the forest - that changes everything, about her past, present and future. Nadya uncovers a secret place of escape - an alternate, parallel reality, where truths are revealed and destinies changed in unpredictable ways. She soon learns that the price of change does not come easily, but once the constraints of rote Stary life have been stripped away, Nadya takes the first steps into realizing her own pivotal role in shaping the future, all while navigating the all-too-human process of self-discovery into adulthood.
Previously available as individual acts: Nadeyat'sya, Neizbezhnyy and Natsionalist, Stary unites these beautiful, sensory and sensual works into one complete- and completely unforgettable, package. As Stary Trilogy, the groundbreaking, passionate YA series opened with the heartbreaking, mesmerizing tale of hope: Nadeyat’sya, then found its inevitability through the dark, sexy, tear-filled Neizbezhnyy, and then burned with the astonishing, explosive conclusion, Natsionalist. Powerful and sensory, Stary may appear at first glance as dystopian fiction, yet it literally cannot be pigeonholed under any one genre. It reads as a romantic, fictional memoir told in first-person by a very unique and identifiable eighteen-year-old girl, Nadya, in such an engaging fashion that reading and re-reading the book becomes more than just an experience of another time and place, it fires memories of situations that the reader may have never even experienced themselves. Stary is as magnetic as it is unforgettable- it was written to be cherished and loved, for all times; more importantly, it is nearly impossible to “put down,” keeping many- if not most readers up the entire night, lost in the magic of Stary. It is a heartbreaking, sexy, and at times humorous- an adventure crossing time and space, a page-turner in the truest sense of the word; the incredible depth of its characters, the situations, worlds and of course- the emotions released blur the lines between written-word and real life.