The Forgotten (The Lux Guardians #1) by Saruuh Kelsey
Publication Date: 30th April 2013
Good and goodness will prevail.
Honour and Horatia Frie are twins living in a world of wreck and ruin.
Forgotten London is a dismal place of containment, rationing, and a four-family-per-house regulation. Twenty five years ago the world was set ablaze when solar flares obliterated three quarters of the Earth’s population and wiped out whole continents in one blow. The flares brought with them The Sixteen Strains: agonizing and fatal diseases that plague each of the forty one zones of Forgotten London and the rest of the world. The only places that escaped fatal damage were two countries now known as The Cities – States and Bharat. The rest of the world – The Forgotten Lands – is contained within borders for the people’s protection against even deadlier Strains outside the barrier. But fifteen year old Honour thinks differently. He thinks that they’re kept inside the fence for other, more menacing reasons. He thinks that States are planning to kill them.
Branwell and Bennet Ravel are twins living in a world of danger and secrecy.
In Victorian London, years before the solar flares hit, the Ravels’ world has just been turned upside down. Their father, poisoned by something even genius Branwell can’t determine, has passed away. His dying words were unnerving orders to keep each other safe no matter the cost, and to hide everything he has ever invented. When one of his creations goes missing – a device named The Lux that can generate unlimited energy – the twins are shocked to discover that their very own government has stolen it and, according to their father’s journals, are planning to use it to create unfathomable explosions to destroy their world.
The Ravel twins will have to find and reclaim The Lux if they are to stop their world’s planned destruction, but when they’re transported to an unfamiliar, derelict world, the search for the device will become harder than ever. Honour and Horatia, against all odds, will have to find a way to stop States before the remainder of Earth is eradicated and their world is lost for good, or somehow get every single citizen of Forgotten London outside of the fence.
It takes me a second to realise that I’m not in Branwell’s bedroom—that I am standing in the middle of a road. People buzz around me, but these are not the persons of my home. These people have colour. Where my London is subdued and washed with grey like a delicate watercolour painting, this place is garish and vulgar in its use of colour. The people rush and bustle like they do at home, but they speak a language I do not recognise and, unlike the volume of the vendors of central London, there are only quiet voices here. It is as if the life in their colours has drained the life out of them.
Buildings frame the road—so many buildings. Low, squat things made of wood and canvas boards, splattered with colour in the form of powders, paints, and fabrics. High, towering buildings made of glass and the sky itself. Houses, so many houses, packed together in places where there isn’t nearly enough room for them to be there.
None of these things are what strikes me as odd, however. That is the sheer abundance of youths. I see a single elderly woman struggling through the fray with a wooden stick, but this place is otherwise devoid of adults.
That is why, overwhelmed by all of this unfamiliarity and mystery, it takes me almost a minute to realise that I am alone in where I stand.
I am here, in this new world of colour and youth. But Branwell is not.
Author Bio - Saruuh Kelsey
Saruuh Kelsey is a young author living in The Middle of Nowhere, England with an addiction to semantics, literature, and Doctor Who. Saruuh writes dystopian and fantasy novels for young adults and runs far too many blogs.
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