There is the Light…
There is the Dark…
And no one survives the Fade.
Three rules burned into every child of the Arclight from birth... until Marina stumbles out of the Dark very much alive and with no idea how she got there.
From the moment Marina arrives, the Fade cease to be the whispered rumor of decades past, and attack the Arclight every night after sundown. These assaults leave two choices: give them what they want or try and fight an enemy who can disappear into the background at will to strike without warning.
Marina's caught in the middle - a savior pariah. She finds an unexpected ally in Tobias - the son of a man killed bringing her to safety.. Together they search for the truth of her origin and survival, and instead discover that she may not be the cause of their troubles at all. The Fade seek the rescue of one of their own taken hostage, a boy no older than they are themselves.
Locating the prisoner means questioning everything they've ever been told about who and what the Fade are. Their journey takes them through layers of lies, and fear, and deceit all leading to one terrifying conclusion - Marina wasn't rescued from the darkness so much as she was stolen from it.
Arclight is an 80,000 word Young Adult novel. I've included the first pages in the body of this email and can send additional chapters, a synopsis, or the full manuscript on request.