AWOL, The Story of Adam, is a novel for young adults that grips right from the start and never lets go. It is a white-knuckle ride into a dystopian world that is only just beyond ours.
In a world where war, terrorism and world-wide tidal waves have reshaped existence, change is coming in a most surprising form. Separated from other societies, the people of The Citadel continue their lives under the constant watch and care of The Family. Nobody knows better than they about what the people want and need. Behind the walls, boys go to The Academy, they study and study until their lessons have been completely learnt. At the end of every year, they are assessed. For those who do well, they get to graduate into the following year, but for those who fail…well failure is not an option.
There is no escape. Out beyond the walls is nothing more than the Margins, a world of water, inundations, and savage beasts. Only the TTs (Truancy Teams) go there in order to recapture AWOLs (Absent Without Learning). Nobody gets to escape The Finals.
For Adam, the world seemed set for his family’s redemption from the sin of an elder brother who fled. Only the Father’s good name saved the family and when he died he was remade as a House Bot that could serve and observe.
Adam, both gifted and hardworking, was always top of his year, until the last few months before his Finals. His grades began to drop and kept on dropping. The Academy saw this and welcomed it as the ultimate retribution. Nobody escapes The Finals.
Unless you meet a girl, but girls were not meant to exist.
This is Romeo and Juliet meets 1984.
Written with pace and passion, AWOL delivers a James Patterson page-turner with a heart-warming tale of survival, rebellion and redemption. Hard-edged and enlightening, AWOL provides young adults with a lesson on life, and one they will never want to forget.