Why buy this book?
- Vividly imagined, STRAY pits the real against the virtual
- It's NEVER LET ME GO meets BEING JOHN MALKOVICH - thought-provoking, poignant and original
About the book
Lona Sixteen Always is not herself - quite literally. She lives her life virtually through the experiences of Julian, a boy who was chosen as a role model for the Pathers of Quadrant 1 - troubled children who have been 'rescued' by the government and put 'on-Path'. But one day Lona finds she can think for herself. And on top of that, the face of a familiar boy appears on her screen - Fenn, who she thought had moved on to a different stage of the Path last year. But he didn't. Fenn and other rebels like him have strayed from the Path, and now Lona must stray too. But life off-Path is strange and difficult, and Lona uncovers a secret that will threaten all their lives. Can there really be life after the Path?
The bell rang. Lona looked toward the door leading to the bay, and then back at Fenn.
"Go," he said. When she didn't, he nudged her arm. "Go," he said again. "Julian is waiting."
At her pod, the lights were already dimming. She thought about how amputated it had felt to enter the bay without him. How solitary Fenn had looked in his regulation clothing.
The recording began. It was a balm of a message, an ointment, doing what it was designed to do. It soothed.
The Path is for you, it said. The Path is in you.
Lona tried to hold on to Fenn's face. She owed him that.
You are the Path.
It was impossible. The conversation was already fading. The tears she had just shed were evaporating against her face, dry and tight. A membrane of sadness, a memento of disobedience.
This was as it was supposed to be, the great architecture of Lona's existence. The life she'd just been living ceased to be important. New colours appeared in front of her eyes, new sounds echoed in her ears. A brassy alarm clock. A lawn mower.
Lona's pod disappeared, until she was no longer in the bay, but in a familiar bedroom.
Lona was becoming Julian again.
Letter from the editor
Resonant of ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, this thought-provoking novel startled and fascinated me and exposed a clever and original writing talent in Monica. For anyone who has ever wished they'd been born someone else, this is a must read!
Emily Thomas, Publisher
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