Valiant by Merrie Destefano Blitz + 2 Separate Giveaways! [1st Giveaway ends 12/5 & the 2nd ends 12/29/18]
Valiant by Merrie Destefano
Published by: Entangled: Teen | Publication date: December 4th 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Synopsis: The Valiant was supposed to save us. Instead, it triggered the end of the world.
Earth is in shambles. Everyone, even the poorest among us, invested in the Valiant’s space mining mission in the hopes we’d be saved from ourselves. But the second the ship leaves Earth’s atmosphere, our fate is sealed. The alien invasion begins. They pour into cities around the world through time portals, possessing humans, forcing us to kill one another.
And for whatever reason, my brother is their number one target.
Now the fate of the world lies in the hands of me, a seventeen-year-old girl, but with the help of my best friend, Justin―who’s suddenly starting to feel like more―maybe if we save my brother, we can save us all…
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I meet him in the park on the corner of Segerstrom and Douglas, halfway between his
house and mine. The sun hovers on the horizon, turning the whole world orange and red, setting all the rusted playground equipment ablaze. The slide looks like it’s made out of rubies, the merry-go-round looks like it’s made from layers of gold, and the swing set…well, it looks like it was created for this moment when it would hold a minor god.
Justin is human perfection—literally—because he’s a Genetic, part of a military
experiment that went awry more than a decade ago and had to be shut down. Before he was born, his parents won a government lottery to be part of an experimental program for Genetic Embryo In Vitro Enhancement.
Every kid in the GEIVE program got a different genetic cocktail, but all those records
have either been destroyed or are top secret, so no one knows exactly what Genetics can do.
Justin made it out alive when most of the other kids didn’t. And even though almost everyone
else is either repulsed by or scared of him—because of his height, his bulk, his speed and
intelligence—to me, he’s only Justin.
When we’re together, I’m only Sara.
He’s not a Genetic boy and I’m not a girl who’s supposed to save the world.
He’s one of my closest friends, and he hangs out with my little brother almost as often as he hangs out with me, and the sight of him takes my breath away. I walk toward him at a normal pace even though I want to run.
He’s studying me, noting my posture, my expression. I want to tell him everything, that
the last time I saw him, an army of Xua was chasing him and I couldn’t fight them off. I tried,
but that was when Aerithin came back for me.
Guilt washes over me.
Everyone I care about dies.
I’m the worst friend in the world.
He could change his mind this time. He could say, “Hey, you’re like poison ivy, girl, stay
But he won’t. He’s been the one constant in my life.
He’s the person who always makes me feel safe.
He flashes me one of his heart-stopping grins and holds the swing next to him for me. I
know other girls get weak in the knees looking at his muscles, even though they won’t admit it,
and, yes, that body of his is pretty sweet. But the thing about him that always gets me is his
smile. I swear, it’s brighter than the sun and it gives off the same amount of heat.
As soon as I sit down, he knows. Not everything—there’s no way in the world he could
know everything. He might be a Genetic, but he’s not psychic.
His blue eyes study me; his dark hair is tucked behind his ears, a few strands hanging
“What is it?” he asks. He hasn’t let go of my swing yet.
“There’s some bad stuff going on,” I say, and I force my lips not to tremble. I don’t want to cry, not now. “And I need to tell you about it.”
“Yeah? You know I’m here for you. Doesn’t matter what it is.”
He gives me a look that’s so innocent and full of concern. He doesn’t even know what
I’m going to ask and yet he’s still willing to do it. I wish more than anything that we could talk about something else. Instead, I give him the same speech I gave to Natalie.
He blinks and nods, quiet. He doesn’t even flinch when I tell him that I’ve seen him die.
The only part that gets him is when I tell him that sometimes we get separated and I don’t know where he is. His face darkens and his brow lowers and he stares at the ground, almost as if he remembers.
“I’ve never hurt you, have I?” he asks. “Because I can’t do this if I might hurt you.”
“No, you’ve never hurt me, I promise.” I take his hand in mine. “You try to save me.”
Born in the Midwest, former magazine editor Merrie Destefano currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat, and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, and listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.
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