ROLL CALL GETS STUNNING REVIEW BY KIRKUS REVIEWS!

“Mansfield begins her new trilogy by dropping readers into a future that’s as propulsive as it is miserable. In marvelous, staccato prose, she describes Avery’s world as ‘Gray. The sky. The factory. The conveyor belt. The little pills that feed us, heal us, alter us–stabilize us.’ The GEBs are reminiscent of the pod people in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but are used so cleverly here that they feel totally fresh. Although the novel is aimed at young adults, sophisticated jolts of turmoil charge the narrative, as when Avery has ‘lost the time to let beauty perform its work on {her} spirit.’ Overall, this masterful series opener is in better company with William Gibson’s Neuromancer than safer fare such as The Hunger Games. An exhilarating ride, full of sheer drops and whiplash curves.”

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About Gwen Mansfield

Gwen Mansfield is the author of the historical fiction EXPERIMENT STATION ROAD, the musical RESISTANCE and the stage plays: GRACE DINER, EXPERIMENT STATION ROAD, and YOU'VE GOT 90 SECONDS. This is her first novel in the young adult genre. The character and plot surprises she discovered while writing ROLL CALL made it impossible to say goodbye to Avery DeTornada and inspired her to continue writing books two an three. INSIDE THE THIRD (available December 2015) and RELUCTANT WARRIORS. Gwen lives in the Northwest with her husband and children. View all posts by Gwen Mansfield

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