Friday, June 6, 2014

The Polaris Uprising (Polaris, #1)
Author: Jennifer Ibarra
Release date: October 30th 2013
Publisher: Tiwala Books
Series: Polaris # 1
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopia
Tour organized by: Pinoy Book Tours
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Smashwords 
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No citizen shall be left behind.

Life in Neress is simple. For nearly four decades, people have known exactly what’s expected of them. Obey the rules, follow the path that’s been laid out, and everything will be provided for: food, shelter, education, safety. No need goes unmet.

But the cost is steep: you lose all rights to make your own choices in life.

In seven years, eighteen-year-old Ryla Jensen will come of age and take over for her father as president of this idyllic nation. Groomed since childhood to take on a role she’s not even sure she wants, Ryla’s only escape from the pressures of duty is her sister, Alanna. But when her eyes are finally opened to the oppressive regime her father built, she begins to question everything she’s set to inherit—and finds herself at odds with her sister’s blind allegiance to their father.

Torn between loyalty to her family and the fight for freedom, Ryla must decide just how far she’s willing to go to make a stand and risk losing the person she loves most in the world: Alanna. 
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Ryla nodded, but she was only half-processing his words. Father poured himself a cup of tead and stook to look out the indow, here snow flurries had begun to swirl.

"Father...I'd like to know. When these things happen, I'd like to know."

He turned, surprised. Steam rose out of his cup, fogging up the glass on the window.

"If I'm to take this on in a few years, I need to know what it's like. How you deal with these sorts of things. What's expected of me."

He stared at her for a long time before a smile slowly formed on his face.

"Very well," he said. "From now on, you'll be briefed on everything that goes on. You'll have access to every document, and every piece of information you'd like will be at your disposal. Nothing will be classified anymore."

She nodded. But far from feeling relief, as she'd been expecting, it was anxiety that settled in instead. There'd be no turning away from any of this now. Not that there had ever been an opportunity to do so.

"You'll make an excellent president one day, Ryla. I knew it when you were a child and now I'm more certain of it than ever."

She smiled up at him, hoping that someday she'd feel the same.

                        About the Author

Jennifer IbarraJennifer Ibarra grew up on a steady diet of books, Star Wars, and other fantastic feats of the imagination. Her debut novel, The Polaris Uprising, is the first book in a trilogy and mixes dystopia with family drama, romance, and political intrigue.

She lives in Silicon Valley, where she does marketing for a tech company and spends her time running, cooking, baking, and keeping up with celebrity gossip.

Word from Jennifer:

Cancer has touched all of us in one way or another. Those who have read THE POLARIS UPRISING will know that I dedicated it to my dear friend, Brittanie, whom we lost to Stage IV ovarian cancer in 2010. She was only 26 years old. In her memory, I am pledging to donate $1 out of every sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society from now until October 6--the day she was diagnosed with the disease that took her life. Every donation up to $2,000 will be matched by my employer, so your generosity will be doubled! Thank you in advance for helping me in this special cause.

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