by Lance Erlick
Release date: May 2015
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fictiondystopia, young adult


“Continues the engrossing post-apocalyptic saga begun in the first book.” – D Donovan, Midwest Book Review

After tuning one’s ear to the rhythm of the swamps, any stray noise gets adrenaline flowing. The peace has shattered. They’re coming for Regina Shen.

Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner. Regina Shen: Vigilance is the second book in a science fiction thriller series with an ordinary yet strong young woman facing extraordinary hurdles with tenacity.

The World Federation condemned Regina and her family to live on the seaward side of barrier walls as outcasts. Those walls were built to hold back rising seas caused by abrupt climate change. For two years Regina struggled with guilt over failing to rescue her younger sister. Under a tough teacher, she trained hard, salvaged illegal books from the depths, and committed them to memory. Another storm bears down. It’s time for Regina to cross the barrier wall into the Federation to hunt for her sister. Is she ready?

The Federation operates with a rigid caste system and the notorious Department of Antiquities. They keep peace and order by destroying all evidence from before the Great Collapse. World fertility is plunging. Chief Inspector Joanne Demarco pursues Regina for unique DNA that could prevent human extinction and boost the inspector’s power. Demarco has a ruthless rival who seeks to use Regina to overthrow the inspector. They both descend on Regina. She would rather die than help the people who kidnapped her sister.

Nothing goes according to plan for Regina. Pursued by agents, she becomes an illegal immigrant to the Federation, trying to avoid capture in a world suspicious of outsiders. As she gets closer to where the Federation holds her sister, Regina faces seemingly impossible obstacles. Guilt over failing her sister in the past urges her on. If she gets caught, Regina will be sent to an underground bio-lab never to see daylight, her family or friends again. When Regina thinks things can’t get worse, she learns that two rival inspectors are fighting to capture her and using her sister as bait.

Can Regina locate her sister and help her escape from an obvious trap without getting caught or killed?

updated 2020-03-01

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