Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre
After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside-in the Red Zone-is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious Thorne Goodman. Together, they’ll face an evil plot in both the underworld of the Red Zone and the society inside the fortresses that could destroy those on the outside…for good.
“Ann Aguirre is such a talented writer. My favorite thing about this story is the world. The worldbuilding is phenomenal and incomparable. Nothing limits Aguirre’s imagination and her attention to detail makes everything she writes a must-read.” Annie @ Under the Covers
“The pacing is extremely fast in this novella, sometimes I felt like I had to hold on to my seat to make sure I wasn’t going to fall off.” Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms
“Ann Aguirre is a favorite author of mine no matter what she’s writing…As always in Aguirre’s stories, the characters take center stage…The pacing is excellent and the payoff and the end is super satisfying, if not a complete resolution. I’m hoping that’s because Aguirre plans to write more about Thorne and Thistle. Both are such fascinating characters that they deserve to have their story told.