Sixteen-year-old Georgia Boone has seen the shadow creatures in mirrors and other reflective surfaces since she was six-years-old. But no one–not even her brother, the person she’s closest to in the entire world–believes her. She is all alone in the hellish world where crow-like creatures hunting her everywhere she goes.
When an afternoon of shopping ends in violence and blood, Georgia is sent to the UK’s most prestigious mental health hospitals: Brookwood Hospital. There, she’s forced to face her fears and answer the question:
Are the shadows real, or is this all in her head?
At Brookwood, the shadow creatures are more present than ever and are getting stronger every day. Only with the help of a mysterious boy who lives inside the mirror world might she be able to prove that she’s not hallucinating and stop the shadows from destroying the human world.
MARISA NOELLE is a writer of young adult and middle grade novels. She leans towards grounded science-fiction, urban fantasy and paranormal but mental health issues are important to her writing too. Her first book, The Shadow Keeper is due out summer 2019 and her second, The Unadjusteds, in October. You can find out more about them in the books section.
Growing up, Marisa had plenty of ideas for career and still regrets not moving to Hawaii to train dolphins and pretend the real world didn’t exist. Struggling with anxiety and anorexia lead her to the field of psychology. Heavily influenced by underdog movies such as The Karate Kid she realised her mission in life was to help other people, through any medium. Embarking on a psychology degree, she wanted to emulate her hero, Jodie Foster, from Silence of the Lambs and actually tried to secure work experience at Broadmoor. Thankfully she left the idea of criminal profiling behind, but uses many of these aspects in her novels.
smell: clean sheets & cinnamon
scenery: the ocean
word: reckon & ubiquitous
Marisa writes in a quiet corner of the kitchen or the couch or the study, or wherever she can find a quite place. There’s usually a forgotten cup of tea cooling nearby and there must be absolute silence – no playlists here while writing. Her favourite author is Dean Koontz as he can build incredible tension without anything actually happening! Favouring horror and thriller movies, her favourites include: The Walking Dead, Supernatural., Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Buffy, House on Haunted Hill, The Greatest Showman. Karate Kid (the original). Pirates of the Caribbean, The Shining, Sleeping with the Enemy, to name a few. When not writing, she loves to swim and hope it balances out the inactivity of writing and she has a penchant for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. She lives in Surrey, UK with her husband and three sons.
Marisa has completed a Curtis Brown Writing Course for children and loved every minute of it. She has also completed the Writer’s Bureau short story and novel writing course as well as Aaron Sorkin’s master class and the fab Writers HQ Plotstormers 1 & II course. She has been shortlisted for both Peerpitch 1 & 2 hosted by the lovely Scribblers. She has been long listed for the New Voices Award by New Adventures in Fiction and long and short listed in a handful of other places. She is a member of SCBWI and The Golden Egg Academy. She is also a mentor for Stuart White’sWrite Mentor & Write Mentor Sparks programme based in the UK.
With the pace of the Divergent series and the superhuman powers of Heroes, The Unadjusteds pushes the human race beyond its evolutionary boundaries – with dire consequences.
Imagine, with the simplicity of swallowing one pill, being the most beautiful, the most intelligent, the fastest, the strongest. Or do you prefer wings? Fins and gills to swim? In the world of The Unadjusteds genetic enhancements are the norm. But what if you’re not altered? What if you’re just an unadjusted? How do you survive?
Sixteen-year-old Silver Melody lives in a world where 80% of the population has modified their DNA. Known as the altereds, those people now possess enhancements like wings, tails, and increased strength or intelligence. Although Silver’s parents created the nanite pill used to deliver these genetic modifications, Silver is proud of her unadjusted state.
However, when the president declares all unadjusteds must take a nanite, Silver has no choice but to flee the city with her father and some friends to prevent the extinction of the unadjusteds.
With Silver’s mother in prison for treason, Silver’s father is the unadjusteds’ only hope at finding a cure. But time is running out as Silver’s father is captured by the president’s almost immortal army. Vicious hellhounds are on Silver’s trail, and her only chance to recover her father involves teaming up with a new group of unlikely friends before all humanity is lost.
The Unadjusteds is a first of a trilogy and is followed by The Rise of the Altereds & The Reckoning.
The Rise of the Altereds:
After a year of the unadjusted community living peacefully, Silver’s mother is kidnapped. President Meg Flowers has been preparing for any eventuality and unusual attacks. When a virus wipes out 90% if the population, it is with a heavy heart that she asks the mission team to take back their super abilities and head across the country, to the mountains, to defeat the last group of altereds and rescue Silver’s mother. But Silver knows Earl form when he worked with her parents and was he the creator of the hellhound. With the obstacles he has set them as they travel, she fears they may not even make it to the final battle in the Rocky Mountains.
With enemies old and new finally buried and new friendships made deep, Silver and the team return to the East Coast to begin a new life from the ashes of an apocalyptic world. But Silver doesn’t count on her own dark powers getting the better of her. Will the new enemy seduce her for the use of her powers, or will she stay true to Matt and her friends? And what of the baby? Will the baby bring a respite from grief to one of the team or will it be the ending of them all?