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About The Polaris Uprising:
In less than seven years, eighteen-year-old Ryla Jensen will succeed her father as the president of Neress, a nation where all citizens are cared for from the moment they’re born. Fed, sheltered, even educated—every need of theirs is met.
The only price they pay is their free will.
Groomed since childhood to take on a role she’s not even sure she wants, Ryla’s only escape from the pressures of duty is her sister, Alanna. But when her eyes are opened to the oppressive regime her father built, she begins to question everything she’s set to inherit—and finds herself at odds with her sister’s blind allegiance to their father.
Torn between loyalty to her family and the fight for freedom, Ryla must decide just how far she’s willing to go to make a stand and risk losing the person she loves most in the world: Alanna
“So what happens now?”
“I can’t let him take the fall for this,” Ryla said, looking up at her. “I have to get him out, and I need your help.”
Gates’s eyes widened, blinked back at her.
“That detention center has the highest level of security—even under ordinary circumstances. And now it’s guarding the country’s most notorious prisoner… Ryla, what you’re planning is sheer insanity.”
“So you won’t help me?”
Gates was quiet for a long time. She issued no denial but offered no confirmation, either. Finally, she turned back to Ryla.
“You want my help? Here’s how I’ll help: I’m going to give you some advice, and if I were you, I’d listen very carefully. Go back. Go back to your comfortable life, where you’re safe and you’re oblivious and you can pretend you never got involved with us. Too many things have already been set into motion, and this is bigger than any rescue mission you could possibly stage.”
“You mean there’s a war coming. A genuine uprising.”
Gates didn’t look at her this time. But Ryla knew the answer was yes. It had all led to this moment, even if no one had said it out loud until now.
“You’re asking me to sacrifice him, then. He’ll be a casualty while Polaris gears up for the real battle—is that it?”
“There will always be casualties, Ryla. Remember that.”
“Maybe so. But if I have it in my power to save someone from becoming collateral damage, I’m not going to pass up the chance.”
“So you’re going through with this? Whether I help you or not?”
Up ahead, the camera ticked by.