Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal,
and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him. Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone…
In the near future, humans, collectively known as the Colony, have abandoned the Earth after a nuclear and biological war, known as the Cataclysm, which left many fatally infected. Living in three city-like spaceships, known as Phoenix, Walden and Arcadia, orbiting far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if the planet left for three hundred years will be habitable yet. Faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland before it is too late. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents – considered expendable by society – are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth.
After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they have only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they are haunted by their past and are uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust one another in order to face the challenges the Earth will throw at them.
Next Meeting October 22nd.