Relegation (The Van Winkle Project #3)
by Karri Thompson
Published by: Entangled: Teen | Publication date: June 4th 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
The end is near—and I’m fated to save humanity.I’m feared, yet revered. The presidents are leery of me, but I’ve read the files. And I know the truth—at least, I think I do. And I’m the one who is going to tell the clones. They deserve to know.
Michael and I have been forced to fight, to kill. We’ll do anything to keep our daughters safe and free. But we can’t do it alone. There’s a rumor about a secret society eager for battle… and we’re going to find them. Help them end the government’s corruption.
It’s my duty, my calling as the first mother of the new world I want to create.
This started with me, and that’s where it’s going to end.
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Playlist for RELEGATION
1. Rockin in the Free World by Neil Young
This is exactly what Cassie wants―to rock in a free world, a world without mandatory Liaisons and obscuras.
2. Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
Of course the theme of this classic song applies. Although Cassie often feels “as if hope itself had turned its back on [her]”, with Michael by her side, she doesn’t stop believing in her duty and role as the mother of the thirty-first century.
3. Run by the Foo Fighters
These lyrics certainly apply: “Run for your life with me. Wake up. Run for your life with me. In another perfect life. In another perfect light. We run.” Cassie has been on the run with Michael since the beginning of her awakening.
4. Go to War by Nothing More
“With every battle we lose a little more. Remember everything that we die for. You are everything that I die for.” These lyrics are particularly significant toward the end of the novel. Michael would die for Cassie, and Cassie needs to remember that.
5. Mr. Roboto by Styx
Okay, so I had to include a song about robots, and this song features synthesized robot voices. Cassie would hate this song, but it is fun and has a catchy tune. Cassie despises all bots, but they play an important part in this series, especially in RELEGATION.
6. There’s Nothing Holding Me Back – Shawn Mendes
I included this song for Michael. This is how he feels about Cassie and his relationship with her: “She pulls me in enough to keep me guessing, and maybe I should stop and start confessing.”
7. Be still by The killers
This is something Cassie would say to Michael: “I won't be afraid if you are here. You silence all my fear. I won't be afraid.” When Cassie starts to doubt her role in the project, Michael brings her back to reality.
8. Freak on a Leash by Korn
When Cassie is in the regions, tethered to Liaisons One, Two, and Three, she feels like a freak on a leash.
9. I will not Bow by Breaking Benjamin
After Cassie is forced to leave Tasma, and run back to the regions, these lyrics are her motto: “All is lost again. But I’m not giving in. I will not bow. I will not break.”
10. Whatever it Takes by Imagine Dragons
Cassie will do whatever it takes to save humanity: “I do whatever it takes
'cause I love how it feels when I break the chains. Whatever it takes.”
RELEGATION by Karri Thompson
“VW2,” I tried to say as I had just enough strength to lift my chin. A woman—blonde hair, thin build, holding something in her arms. It was Dolly. She had VW2.
With one hand cupping my head and the other against my back, Michael held me against him, the pressing of his fingertips painful rather than soothing as my skin continued to throb and sting. I closed my eyes.
“Yes, we can. Now order your men to do it!” Travel shouted, his voice holding an authority I’d never heard before.
“Do what?” I tried to say to Michael, but I couldn’t control my tongue or the tight muscles at my jaw.
A door opened, the hollow clicking sound of its knob burning my ears. Tires screeched. My head lolled upward, and after blinking, a soldier came into focus and stepped toward another figure. It was Travel. “Take her—now,” he said.
Take me where?
Two more men rushed past me, the billow of breeze in their wake piercing my body like a poisonous gas, igniting the tendrils of nerves at the surface of my skin.
Where were they taking me? But it wasn’t me they were referring to. Michael didn’t move as I remained partially paralyzed in his arms.
Inhaling as deeply as I could, I straightened my slumped shoulders and my head rolled to the right. The girl I’d seen on the stairs lay on the marble floor only a few feet away from me.
Why did she seem so familiar? Why did my eyes continue to sting and distort images as I tried to focus on her face? Why did every atom in my body feel like they were innately conscious, stirring with their own impulses and needs?
They were talking about her and not me. The men lifted the girl from the floor and carried her out the door. Exhaust fumes, the rev of an engine, and she was gone. Pressed against Michael, I watched as the army-green truck became a dot on the horizon. Charles closed the door, his body shaking as he stumbled backward to rest against it and catch his breath.
What the hell just happened?
As if a switch had been flipped, the torturous vibration of each molecule of my being settled. Overcome with an insuperable exhaustion, I closed my eyes, Victoria’s sweet face filling my mind.
Growing up in San Diego, California, Karri Thompson spent much of her years at the beach, reading novels, tanning, and listening to music. At SDSU, she earned a BA in English, MA in education, and her teaching credential. As a wife, mother, and high-school English teacher, she began writing novels, giving all of the compelling plots and unique characters in her head a home. Victorian literature rocks her socks, and when she’s not writing, jogging, going to concerts, or watching her son play football, she’s reading Dickens.
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