The Union (The Union #1)
By: T.H. Hernandez
Publisher: T.H. Hernandez
Publication Date: November 18th, 2014
After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.
Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.
When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.
Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.
The Union is a futuristic young adult romantic adventure
Top 5 unknown facts about the Union world.
- There’s a lot of unused (wasted) space in the Union. Because it’s built like half a pyramid, the areas closest to the back wall on the lower levels are mostly unoccupied, because who would want to live on the bottom of a 100-story tower, 25 miles from daylight?
- Citizens are allowed to choose their own careers, but they have to choose something or the Union will pick for them. This is the reason Evan is so stressed out about picking a vocation before graduation. She’s worried they will assign her to something meaningless.
- The Union can only build up at this point because they didn’t have the foresight to realize maybe 25 miles wouldn’t be deep enough. Because of that, they encourage zero population growth (only two children per family) but it’s not strictly enforced.
- Union teens are not fond of cell phones. They see them as something their parents have, outdated and restrictive. If you have a phone, you can call anyone, but anyone can call you. Instead, they have tablets that allow them to communicate in a way they find more efficient and modern.
- Because everyone’s basic needs are guaranteed and life is relatively easy, Union citizens, particularly teen and young adult males, are thrillseekers, engaging in risk-taking activities for the adrenaline rush.
T.H. Hernandez is the author of the young adult futuristic/dystopian series, The Union. The first book, The Union, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.
When not writing, you can usually find her reading, finishing more than 200 books over the past two years. She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.
When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, often referred to as “the puppycat.”
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