Revealing this cover today feels strange in ways I couldn’t imagine. There’s an eerie element of synchronicity: the highly illustrated cover of a book about a waterlogged Manhattan being revealed on the day Manhattan is devastated by a hurricane that floods much of the city… But there’s also the element of reality versus fiction. This is a storm that has taken lives. Not between the pages of a book, but blocks away. Celebrating this cover reveal feels inappropriate, like it’s somehow celebrating the potential damage a catastrophic event could cause in real life. Nonetheless, I take pride in the words I’ve written and the world I built, and so here goes. Without further ado…
Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.
However, she never expects that her search will lead to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist; a web of deceit and lies; and an earth-shattering mystery that’s lurking deep beneath the water’s rippling surface.
Jordana Frankel’s ambitious debut novel and the first in a two-book series, The Ward is arresting, cinematic, and thrilling—perfect for fans of Scott Westerfeld or Ann Aguirre.