It Starts With Me


It Starts With Me

Authors & Illustrator


Third Place Book Award

Third Place Award

Fiction > Dystopian - Genetic Engineering


Surviving in the aftermath of a second civil war, nineteen year old Amity Thorne’s life is anything but normal. She closes herself off from the rest of the world, keeping her head down, and persevering through the oppressive rule of the Guardianship. When her father’s past hurdles them toward danger, she struggles to leave everything behind as she and her faithful wolf-like companion, Sarge, find themselves on a perilous mission to save her younger sister. ​Amity tries to prepare herself for the uncertain, but she never imagined that the toughest hardships would come from within. As she navigates through new territory, her resolve is quickly challenged by obstacles that strike deeper than she ever thought possible; sparking a fire within her she thought was long gone. ​Amity must risk everything to rescue her sister, but at what cost? Victory means difficult choices; choices that may haunt her for the rest of her life, or worse, strip her of her humanity.