Everyone says the ghosts can’t get into the city. But Anastasia knows better. She sees them in the alleyways, the gardens, and once, inside her very own bedroom. They follow her along the edges of the Avertronic barrier that protects the city, their mouths moving like they are trying to speak, but never finding the words. She can’t understand how it is that her father and brother can travel out into the ghostlands each and every day, knowing they may never return.
She tries to console herself that at least her boyfriend is safe, but she hasn’t heard from him in the two long years since his mother got sick and his family was traded to another city. And her concerns about him and her ever-declining Name Value are becoming more than she can bear. Pushed around at school, misunderstood at home, and tracked into a sales career despite her struggles with what her doctor calls “chronic introversion,” Anastasia’s collapsing under the pressure.
But her brother says he has answers. And while she’s never felt compelled to trust him before, this time she finds it impossible to refuse. But to do so she’ll have to venture outside the safety of the city of Erie Energy and into haunted wasteland known as the ghostlands.
The Ghostlands is a two part, young adult scifi romance co-authored with CN James. Part 2 is scheduled for release in late 2015.
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Heralded “a sweet love story” by Publisher’s Weekly, Amy Joy’s debut novel, The Academie, became an Amazon bestseller within months of its release. A professor of writing since 2005, Amy Joy is the co-founder of The Indie Writer’s Network, a social network and community blogging platform for professional and aspiring writers. Her young adult works also include The Armageddon Factor, co-authored with CN James and The Ghostlands, set to release in June 2015.