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THE ELITES

THE ELITES by Natasha Ngan UK Commonwealth paperback cover

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Pub date: 5 September 2013 (UK and Commonwealth)

ISBN: 9781471401 (ISBN13: 9781471401527)

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‘There is a rumour that the Elites don’t bleed.’

Hundreds of years into the future, wars, riots, resource crises and rising sea-levels have destroyed the old civilisations. Only one city has survived: Neo-Babel, a city full of cultures – and racial tension. Fifteen-year-old Silver is an Elite, a citizen of Neo-Babel chosen to guard the city due to her superior DNA. She’d never dream of leaving – but then she fails to prevent the assassination of Neo Babel’s president, setting off a chain of events more shocking and devastating than she could ever have imagined. Forced to flee the city with her best friend Butterfly (a boy with genetically-enhanced wings), Silver will have to fight to find her family, uncover the truth about Neo-Babel and come to terms with her complicated feelings for Butterfly.

Packed full of adventure, romance, exoticism and the power of friendship, THE ELITES is a highly compelling and beautifully written novel from a supremely talented debut author.

“A beautifully written futuristic romance”

“For fans of the Mortal Instruments series”

“Wonderful, wonderful heartbreaking book”

“I LOVED it, best YA book I have read so far this year”

“Phenomenal read – completely absorbing from the first page”

“An electrifying read, with strong elements of ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Hunger Games, but still unique-original and beautifully told” 

“This book pushes the limits of one’s own experience and demonstrates the resilience of its characters in adversity, emerging stronger and better when the image of the world as they know it is shattered. A powerful, inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable read.”

“Packed with adventure, tested friendships, romance, in her first novel, Natasha has created an unforgettable world . Rich in detail, multi-layered, full of racial tensions, prejudices and confused morality, it is nevertheless a novel where good must triumph over evil and a lesson in how difficult achieving that can be. Lushly written, dense with the sounds sights and smells of another world, it is also a heady journey for the reader, who is pulled effortlessly in”

“A wonderful, action-packed yet thoughtful debut from rising star Natasha Ngan, THE ELITES stood out to me as a winning love story set against the chilling and futuristic backdrop of a world torn apart by ethnic cleansing. Our heroine Silver is trained to be tough, to risk her life for the State, yet her heart remains exposed and vulnerable – to her love for her childhood friend, Butterfly, and to her loyalty to her family, who have been stolen away in the night. It is a triumphant tale, full of courage and high emotion. A truly impressive book from a young author with huge potential”

 

THE MEMORY KEEPERS

The Memory Keepers by Natasha Ngan cover

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Pub date: September 2014 (UK and Commonwealth)

ISBN: 9781471401541

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No one can take your memories from you… can they?

Seven is a thief with a difference – he steals downloadable memories to sell onto London’s black market, trading secrets and hidden pasts for a chance at a future of his own. He makes sure he keeps some special stuff back to ‘surf’ himself though – it’s the only real form of entertainment he can afford. But one night, as Seven is breaking into a private memorium in a wealthy part of London, he is caught in the act by one of its residents; Alba, the teenage daughter of London’s most famous criminal prosecutor. Instead of giving him away, Alba promises to keep Seven’s secret – as long as he allows her to go memory-surfing herself. In doing so, they discover a hidden memory about Seven’s past, revealing a shocking secret about Seven’s childhood, the government and a mysterious experiment known as The Memory Keepers…

Now Seven and Alba will have to race against time to unlock the maze of The Memory Keepers – but can they keep themselves out of harm’s way before the London Guard – and Alba’s father – catches up with them?

“Set in an alternate, darker London, this is a fast-paced techno-fantasy, exploring issues of memory, the human psyche and our concept of morality”

“Page-turning, heart-warming. Could you ask for more?”