It's the year 2127, just a few short months after the events of When We Wake. Abdi Taalib, African foreign exchange student and friend/maybe-boyfriend of "Living Dead Girl" Tegan Oglietti (star of Book 1 and the world's only successful cryogenic revival), is living with the consequences of the telecast he and Tegan sent out to the world. They spilled the secrets of the real plan behind the revival program - freezing poor refugees and shipping them to a distant planet to serve as indentured servants for the rich - and the people in charge are not pleased. Now Abdi and Tegan have been captured, forced to act as government pawns, lying to the public about the horrifically misguided campaign.
Fortunately, there is an anti-government rebellion growing, and with its help, Abdi and Tegan escape. But they gradually realize that the rebels may be no better than the government, and have an equally dangerous disregard for human life. Joining forces with friends Bethari and Joph, they defect from the group and set off on their own, once again on the run. Along the way, they uncover startling new information about the cryogenics experiments and face their own impossible decisions when it becomes clear that thousands of lives may be in their hands.
Karen Healey has expertly crafted a suspenseful page-turner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and make them call into question their own ideas about morality -- and mortality, too.
Praise for While We Run:
"Compelling and gripping...it's the social justice consciousness she brings to these elements that make this title stand above most others. Her cast of characters is diverse but not tokenizing or whitewashed...the series is an excellent read for high school students."
School Library Journal
"Like its predecessor, Run succeeds simply as a sci-fi thriller; there's plenty of action (including some grisly violence), a frightening villain, and a well-imagined (and refreshingly diverse) future society. But the novel is elevated by its social commentary, emphasizing the importance of fighting for justice in a world that has little of it-even if it means making difficult political and moral decisions."
The Horn Book
Karen Healey is the author of the Aurealis winner and William C. Morris Debut Award finalist Guardian of the Dead, The Shattering, and When We Wake. She technically lives in New Zealand, but actually lives on the internet. You can find her at www.karenhealey.com.