The Button Girl

$14.29

From Kirkus:

Apokedak crafts a rounded fantasy world–from the village with its superstitions and traditions to the city with its magical cloths. But for all of its exotic settings, this book is concerned primarily with slavery. Human dignity is the prevalent theme. Iniquities flourish, and Repentance, though a strong-willed protagonist, is faced with a disheartening truth: that fighting against the system will not always make things better.

The story in this sense is a difficult read. But its subject matter is leavened by clear prose and well-drawn minor characters. . . . the author has paced events nicely.

. . .  By the third act, readers should hope, fear, and thrill to the prospect of a happy ending.

A purposeful and absorbing exploration across dark and rocky terrain. ~ Kirkus Reviews

Read the first two chapters free.

Awards

SCBWI Work in Progress Grant

  • 2nd Place

ACFW Genesis Contest

  • First Place Speculative Fiction Category

Novel Rocket

  • First Place YA Category
  • Book of the Year

Realm Makers

  • First Place Debut Category
  • Finalist YA Category
  • Finalist Book of the Year

Cascade

  • First Place YA Category

Get a signed copy. (1)

After you purchase the book you will receive an email receipt. Please respond to that email and tell us if you want your book signed and to whom the author should make out the message. And make sure we have the correct mailing address for the book (you may be sending it as a gift to someone so give us the address you want us to ship to, please.) Thanks!

 

(1)  Sorry, this offer is only good for books being shipped in the Continental US. If you want signed books and you live outside of the Continental US, we are happy to mail you a sweet book plate signed by the author, which you can stick in the front of the book you buy through Amazon. Just fill out this form. Thanks for understanding.

Description

The Button Girl

by Sally Apokedak

Back Cover Copy

Sixteen-year-old Repentance Atwater hates living in the breeder village. She hates the foggy swamp, she hates that the other villagers think she’s cursed because of her light complexion, and, most of all, she hates the thought of “buttoning” with Sober Marsh and breeding little slave babies for the overlords.

But the law is clear: Anyone who refuses to button and breed is taken away and sold as a slave on the overlord mountain. Repentance won’t be taken alone, either. Sober Marsh, her intended button mate, will be ripped away from his family and sold, as well.

Before the night of her Button Ceremony is over, Repentance has devastated her family and ruined Sober’s life. But worse things are coming on the overlord mountain. Repentance’s stubborn idealism and unruly tongue enrage the king, and she winds up endangering her entire village.

Read the first two chapters free. 

Kirkus Review

A headstrong teenager becomes a slave in this debut novel.

As a 6-year-old, Repentance lost her little brother to the overlords. Ten years later, on the day of her buttoning ceremony (an arranged marriage), she refuses her betrothed. She vows never to have children of her own who can be taken away. Instead, she forfeits her freedom.

Her decision seems irrational. It shames her family and condemns her betrothed, Sober. The two of them are enslaved. They are taken from their village’s foggy swamps to the ice city of the overlords. Here, Repentance learns the true cost of her defiance. She has become property–a human possession to be done with as the overlords see fit. Slaves who try to escape are punished with death and their families taken as compensation.

Sober is beaten; Repentance is sold to a brothel. She despairs for herself but even more for her sister should Repentance continue to buck the overlords. More than ever, her situation seems hopeless. And then she catches the eye of the old king.

Apokedak crafts a rounded fantasy world–from the village with its superstitions and traditions to the city with its magical cloths. But for all of its exotic settings, this book is concerned primarily with slavery. Human dignity is the prevalent theme. Iniquities flourish, and Repentance, though a strong-willed protagonist, is faced with a disheartening truth: that fighting against the system will not always make things better.

The story in this sense is a difficult read. But its subject matter is leavened by clear prose and well-drawn minor characters. Repentance finds something genuine in the people she meets. She questions her choices and, through the strength of others, finds hope, of sorts, even in situations where none should exist. This may not be enough to sustain some readers, but the author has paced events nicely.

As Sober comes back into Repentance’s life, the plot both tightens and unravels. By the third act, readers should hope, fear, and thrill to the prospect of a happy ending.

A purposeful and absorbing exploration across dark and rocky terrain. ~ Kirkus Reviews

Read the first two chapters free. 

Additional information

Weight 1.7 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 1 × 9 in
This entry was posted in . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.