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After everything she’s lived through, Kell, a seventeen-year-old artist, doesn’t believe the world is worth saving. All she wants is get through the brutal Ravian occupation alive, and be rid of the guilt she harbors. However, when someone she cares about is nearly killed because of her, guilt drives her to accept a rebel mission, even though she knows she might not come back.
Sai, an eighteen-year-old ballerina, is only alive because of the sacrifices of others. She’s spent her life wrapped in secrets, running from the truth. Her only goal is to survive, and the only way to do that is to get off this planet. A rebel organization promises to smuggle her out, if she joins Kell’s mission. With nowhere else to turn, Sai agrees. And soon, Kell and Sai find in each other something they never knew they needed: friendship. Together, they begin to believe in hope.
While Kell uncovers a Ravian weapon that could wipe out the rebels and seal her planet’s fate, Sai is captured and discovers more secrets from her past. She learns that their mission was a Ravian set-up, and they need Sai to unlock the weapon. As the only person capable of unleashing the weapon, Sai is also the only one who can stop it. Running away is no longer an option, but stopping the Ravians may require a sacrifice greater than she can give. Meanwhile, Kell faces a decision. With her mission completed, she could walk away right now and continue hiding, or even end it all and be rid of her guilt forever. Or, she could pick up her paintbrush and set free the truth, ignite the revolution, and turn her planet on its head. She could lose everything to save the world—and her friend.
THE SOCIETY OF DEGENERATE ARTISTS is a YA Sci-Fi complete at 100,000 words. Combining narrative with an assemblage of transcriptions, emails, top-secret documents, and personal logs, it may appeal to fans of Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s The Illuminae Files, as well as Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity.