WINNER OF THE HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL 2011
(YOUNG ADULT FICTION CATEGORY)
“Kline has woven a rich tapestry of romance, science fiction, and adventure. Ivory’s journey through an Orwellian post-apocalypse grabs hold of you and never lets go.” -Terry Matalas, television writer — FOX TV “TERRA NOVA” Read more testimonials for My Beginning.
When you first meet sixteen-year-old Ivory it is apparent she doesn’t live an ordinary life. A plague has nearly wiped out the entire human race, leaving her and every other healthy child with no choice but to deal with this harsh reality. They live an existence full of daunting classes and schedules, void of compassion or fun of any kind.
Ivory feels trapped within the institution walls, dreaming of a better world she only wishes existed. She’s never had a sense of belonging, forever feeling different than all of her “siblings.”
Amidst the mundane environment, Ivory captures the attention of Aidan, the only boy sent from a different institution. They slowly begin a dangerous game of passively communicating, eventually meeting in a small hall closet every day. Their passion grows beyond anything they could have imagined as Ivory falls head over heels in love, living every waking moment just to be with her sweetheart.
Ivory and Aidan’s tryst doesn’t stay a secret for long when they are caught and confronted with the fact that they may never see each other again. Ivory is punished and put through torture until Aidan comes to her rescue, taking them through underground tunnels to a world they’ve been taught to fear.
After two days on the outside, Ivory and Aidan are taken in by a community of humans who are rebelling against a war and power hungry man named Geoff Octavius Driscoll. They learn that the plague has been non-existent for years and that the world is in a state of chaos because of Geoff and his lifelike machines.
Ivory and Aidan come to grips with the fact that they’ve been lied to their entire lives and accept things for the way that they are. They eventually adapt to a new way of living and create a sense of belonging within the community. Their bond deepens as they explore love at their own pace and time.
ISBN: 978-0985813406 (5.5 x 8.5 inch paperback) Page count: 208 Price: $14.95
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