J. Barton Mitchell's sci-fi tour de force Conquered Earth series set
in an alien-invaded post-apocalyptic world returns as the children forge
deeper into the most dangerous lands in search of The Severed Tower
Holt, Mira, and Max have fled Midnight City with Zoey after watching her repel an entire Assembly army. Zoey's powers are unlocked, but who and what she is remains a mystery. All she knows is that she must reach the Severed Tower, an infamous location in the middle of the world's most dangerous landscape: The Strange Lands, a place where the laws of physics have completely broken down. But the closer they get to the Tower, the more precarious things become.
The Assembly has pursued Zoey
into the Strange Lands. Among them is a new group, their walkers and
machines strangely bereft of any color, stripped to bare metal, and
whose agenda seems to differ from the rest. To make matters worse, the
group hunting Holt are here, too, led by a dangerous and beautiful
pirate named Ravan. So is Mira's first love, Benjamin Aubertine, whose
singular ambition to reach the Tower threatens to get them all killed.
Then there's the Strange Lands themselves. They have inexplicably begun to grow, spreading outwards, becoming more powerful. Somehow, it all seems tied to Zoey herself, and the closer she gets to the Tower, the weaker she becomes.
J. Barton Mitchell is a screenwriter, comic book writer, and author. He studied creative writing at the University of Houston before going on to receive a B.S. in Film Studies from the University of Texas. After selling screenplays to Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox, he created and wrote the comic book series Poe, published by Boom! Studios in 2009. Mitchell lives and writes in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles.