The Disappeared is a Dystopian novel due out at the beginning of February 2013 by new talent C.J. Harper. Published by Simon & Schuster, it is set to be a hit!
And as an added bit of fun and meaningless trivia.....guess who made the Australian cover? ME! Yep, little old me from a long time ago got a square on the cover of The Disappeared by C.J. Harper. I was so excited when S&S emailed me the cover.....I looked high and low and there I was!
So now the fun part......do you know anyone on the cover? You can try guess where I am if you want?!!
As for the story itself, I'm looking forward to this one. Have a read of the description (from Simon & Schuster) - you'll be sure to add it to your 2013 Most Wanted books list!
In a future where children are segregated into institutions that range from comfortable "Learning Communities" to prison-like "Local Academies", seventeen-year-old Jackson is an academic high flyer, living in a top Learning Community and destined for a position in the Leadership. But when he is sent with his best friend Wilson to deliver a package to a factory block, the two boys are attacked leaving Jackson badly beaten and Wilson dead. Confused and upset, Jackson returns to his Learning Community only to be dismissed by his teachers who claim not to know him. Sent to an Academy, an institute set up to train factory workers, Jackson finds himself immersed in a world that couldn't be further removed than the comfortable life he's used to; a harsh, violent, semi-articulate society where the students have created their own hierarchy based on fighting ability. Using his wits to survive, Jackson starts to realise that his whole life has been based on half-truths. And in order to survive he needs to expose the lies that surround the Academy and find out the truth about who he really is. As he builds alliances and begins to educate those closest to him, a plan for rebellion and escape gradually comes into shape..
C.J. Harper is the pen name of Candida Harper. She will be releasing The Disappeared the beginning of February 2013 and the follow up sequel is set for 2014.
Growing up, Candida attended six different schools, but that honestly had very little to do with an early interest in explosives.
Candida has been a bookseller, a teacher and the person who puts those little stickers on apples. Her first novel, This is How it Feels, is due out from Simon and Schuster in 2013.
(Information regarding Candida Harper acquired from www.davidhigham.co.uk)