Karen Bao is a writer, musician, and aspiring scientist. She has a brother three years younger than her and a violin sixty years older than her. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, she currently studies environmental biology at college in New York City. Karen began writing Dove Arising at the age of seventeen. Visit her at karenbaobooks.com.
Excerpt from book:
Mom opens her rough, dry lips for the first time. Just wait,” she rasps to me.
Of course I’ll wait for her to come back. My siblings and I have never gone a day without seeing her. Now she’ll be away for at least two months.
The officers drag Mom out of our home. Struggling against them with the remainder of her strength, she kicks Tinbie by accident. He topples over, clicks twice and powers off. The yellow radiance vanishes from his eyes.
Before the group passes through the doors, Mom gives me a hard stare, her dreamer’s eyes bloodshot. You’ve always been ready for this,” she says. Then she’s gone.
Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She’s barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22, lets her best friend talk for her, and stays off the government’s radar.
Then her mother is arrested.
The only way to save her younger siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the faceless army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by desperate Earth-dwellers. Training is brutal, but it’s where Phaet forms an uneasy but meaningful alliance with the preternaturally accomplished Wes, a fellow outsider.
Rank high, save her siblings, free her mom: that’s the plan. Until Phaet’s logically ordered world begins to crumble...
Haunting and prescient, Dove Arising heralds the emergence of a bold new voice in science fiction.
“Karen Bao is an incredibly talented young writer. Beautiful prose and one of the most interesting main characters I've read. Dove Arising marks the debut of a promising new talent. I loved the story, and I can't wait to read more!” —Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of Eragon