Age of Order
by Julian North
GENRE: Dystopian Young Adult/New Adult
What if the people who thought they were better than you… really were?
In this world, inequality is a science. Giant machines maintain order. And all people are not created equal.
Daniela Machado is offered a chance to escape the deprivation of Bronx City through a coveted slot at the elite Tuck School. There, among the highborn of Manhattan, she discovers an unimaginable world of splendor and greed. But her opportunity is part of a darker plan, and Daniela soon learns that those at society’s apex will stop at nothing to keep power for themselves. She may have a chance to change the world, if it doesn’t change her first.
Age of Order is a novel that explores the meaning of merit and inequality. Fans of the Hunger Games, Red Rising, and Divergent will enjoy this world of deception and intrigue, where the downtrodden must fight for a better future.
The sky was vast. The glow of the city made all but the brightest stars invisible, but the black dome above us was no less magnificent for it. Alexander’s familiar trailed behind us like a flying metal dog.
“Thank you for agreeing to come with me,” he said.
“I’m surprised you asked me.”
We walked half a block before he answered. A soft breeze pushed us along, making our steps light and easy.
“I misjudged you when we first met. Not just you, but especially you. You reminded me of lessons I learned as I child… about looking within a person. And within myself. You certainly shouldn’t be surprised I asked you.”
“I’m not sure I understand. Why did you ask me, exactly?”
“Many reasons. But one is that you didn’t want to come.”
The street lights let me see the amused grin on his face. “Let me try to explain, if I can. I’m not as good with words as you are, and wary of giving offense.” He took another half a block to muster his thoughts. “Among the families I grew up with, and within my own, there is always the game. This competition to be more, have more, to seek position, status. I grew up living it. My father is a master of game, my sister… she is beyond that. In such a world, it is easy to forget there is another way.” I saw the moon in his irises. “It has been a very long time since I met someone who wanted nothing from me.”
The Things in Books that Inspire Me the Most
- Edmond Dantes in the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: Revenge, the most primal of human of emotions, done in style. A man of iron, brought low, who raised himself up, only to once again discover his humility.
- Jimmy the Hand in The Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond Feist: “I’ve had few friends.” I read it as a kid, but that line from a thief about the prince who had befriended him resonated with a bookish outsider like me. I still think about that line, later years, somehow.
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown (including Golden Son and Morning Star): Everything. That a new author could write something so bloodydamn awesome means there is always hope for the debut writers of the world.
- The word created in Shogun by James Clavell: I was there, I swear it. I stopped being a boy reading that massive tomb, and became an observer of actual events. Until I realized I hadn’t eaten all day.
- Ender in Ender’s Game: The young genius outsider who withstood the cruelty of day-to-day life to save humanity. Timeless.
- The love of a father and a son in The Road: I cried in this one, I admit it. I’ve got young boys. I couldn’t help it. McCarthy puts you there, and you have to face what you would do.
- Astro Manufacturing in Privateers by Ben Bova: It was one of the first books I read of my own free choice, and somehow the dream of being a self-made billionaire with his own space station has stayed with me through the decades that followed. I have often wondered if Elon Musk read that book, or something similar, as a kid.
- Syrio Forel in Game of Thrones when he chooses to fight the kingsguard with his wooden sword so that Arya could flee: That scene gives me chills. I love heroic sacrifice. But it worked because Martin made the characters so frakkin’ real.
- Ernest Cline and Ready Player One: Written proof I’m not the biggest sci-fi nerd writing books.
- Daniela Machado in Age of Order, the tooth scene (no spoilers here, read the book): I love that scene. Can’t believe I wrote it.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I’ve been writing since I could grab a pencil (remember those?). Then I had kids. Not much time for writing anymore. Until they started school… in New York City. I’m not from here, and the tumult of that experience inspired me. AGE OF ORDER grew from a diary of injustice. Now I write what I’m feeling, and let the rest flow from there. I hope you enjoy it.
Please visit my website at www.juliannorth.com and join my book club to receive a free short story set in the same world as AGE OF ORDER.
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