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Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, her only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as the days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming, and if they’re going to survive, they’ll have to escape on their own.
There was no doubt that we were the two most opposite people in the world. But for all my failings, and the ways he balanced them, I loved him with my whole heart.
“Let’s run away,” he’d say when we were younger. “Think of all the amazing places there are, still secret and undiscov ered, just waiting for us.” And he’d spread his arms at the stars and breathe in deeply, eyes aglow with the lure of adven ture. And if anyone could have ever made me try something reckless, it would have been him.
But I was the girl who took out a book instead: one about gemstones and minerals, industry in the past century, or the life spans of different butterflies. “Research,” I’d tell him. “You know we can’t go anywhere until we have all the facts.”
And he’d shake his head at me and sigh. He’d groan, “You don’t understand, Isla. The world isn’t in books.” He would climb off the roof outside my window, down the iron bars and gutters, and make his way across the street to his own home.
But the next day he’d be back.
I’d see his golden head appear at the railing, and my heart would start to pound, but I’d ignore it. There’s time, I’d tell my self. Time for him to realize I’ve been here all along. Time for him to see me the way I see him. Time for him to love me.
And I was right, for so long. My life—our life—went on. Around us, things changed: Sickness swept through our corner of the city, and my mum died, and his, too. Miles away, someone named Nicholas Carr seized the principal city, Ver ity, and made himself our dictator. Copper became less valu able and my pa was paid less to mine it. Everyone wanted steel for the steam engines, and every day the noise and smoke of the city seemed to eat up more of the greenery that used to surround it.
Still, we had each other, and we had time.
Some things had changed, and would always be changing, I knew. But not us. Not the lazy afternoons on school holi days, talking about futures that still loomed far off. Not the way he’d move closer to me when we heard footsteps behind us on the street, or the grins he’d flash my way when he saw a funny advert in a shop window.
I would always have him. I was so sure.
Until the hottest day of the year I was sixteen, when the boy—who had somehow become a man, suddenly—climbed the rusty ladders to the roof outside my window, dressed all in brown.
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"A timely reminder that female subjugation must always be fought. Hopefully, Isla’s journey of rebellion and self-exploration are only the beginning—a sequel would be a welcome treat." —VOYA
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"This book has an uncanny way of getting under your skin and staying there, making you recall not only your first crush but also inviting you into a dangerous world that hits all too close to home—sometimes all in the same sentence. Albano has created something incredibly special with Finding You. This is a story that will give you chills and keep you turning pages until the very end. I know it did that for me. The world needs more books like this one." —Samantha Chaffin, Swoon Reader
"Beautifully and emotionally written! ... Through this experience, these girls—especially Isla—grow and become stronger. They are able take action and come up with plans, despite never thinking they could be anything but weak. Girls can be smart, strong, and badass." —Chen Yan Chang, Swoon Reader
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