Hilary Thompson is an independently-published author who released her debut Young Adult novel, Justice Buried, in January, 2014. Justice Buried is the first in a dystopian fantasy series incorporating mythology and astrology, with the second full-length title due later in 2014.
She also teaches high school English, which gives her some insight into her target audience, and helps her maintain a thick skin.
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By Hilary Thompson
The people need Justice, but she’s not listening. One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to return and save them from their Fates.Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior – too bad for them she isn’t a believer. Trea fights against her false destiny: she rebels against her family and friends, then refuses her arranged marriage to the charming but deceitful Lexan. Learning her life is in danger, Trea is forced to trust Lexan – until she discovers a power she never knew she had, and one he already knew he did.As betrayal closes every door, Trea decides she must submit to her stars and accept her fate. Then a handsome stranger offers her an unexpected escape and the chance to create her own destiny.
by Hilary Thompson
Published January 15th 2014 by Createspace (first published January 2014)
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
The people need Justice, but she's not listening. One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to return and save them from their Fates. Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior - too bad for them she isn't a believer. Trea fights against her false destiny: she rebels against her family and friends, then refuses her arranged marriage to the charming but deceitful Lexan. Learning her life is in danger, Trea is forced to trust Lexan - until she discovers a power she never knew she had, and one he already knew he did. As betrayal closes every door, Trea decides she must submit to her stars and accept her fate. Then a handsome stranger offers her an unexpected escape and the chance to create her own destiny.
Hilary Thompson creates a singularly unique dystopian world in Justice Buried. The stars rule their world but there is a distinct difference - they live underground, buried in a cave city far from the light and sky. Everything is dictated by the zodiac and no one has any choices. Nobody feels this forced more on them than Astrea: from birth, her whole life had been planned out because of a prophecy that pinpoints her as the reincarnation of the Star Maiden, she who will move their city back into the light they left generations ago, simply because she was born on the Spring Equinox.
Her Arian character ensures that she chafes against her destiny. She has no control over anything and hates the feeling it brings. There is nothing she won't rebel against: her teachers, her parents, her pre-chosen partner Lexan, even the woman whose job she is supposed to take over - First Leader Lakessa. This doesn't make her very popular among her peers, which in turn pushes her to rebel even more.
Lexan doesn't like the situation he is in either but he accepts with more grace than Astrea does. Could it be because he knows something that has been kept from her? Or is his birth on the Autumn Equinox, making him a Libra, help him because of his innate charm? He seems more mature and capable than his chosen mate, even if his future job is as her second-in-command, the Head Minister. It seems he is the epitome of a Libran, the air needed for the fiery Arian to grow.
But neither of these teens could guess the danger they both are in, or even dream that a man would appear out of nowhere, from the world above, who would push them to make choices they never thought were possible in the first place. Choices that make them bind together and discover that one is incomplete without the other, no matter what their feelings are.
This dystopian world after "The Great Sickness" is one that could very well happen. Preppers today are training themselves to live in a world gone awry after a holocaust like a worldwide plague, nuclear fallout, or any situation considered SHTF. A safe place for a prepper would definitely be underground, sealed away from bacteria, disease, or even invading survivors. A cave city isn't such a far out idea. Hadn't our ancestors started out in that very way?
Having a dictatorship in place makes sense, too. It is imperative to take and hold control over the group to maintain much needed peace and order. Anarchy has no place here; unfortunately, neither does free will. It's best to base the government on something already widely accepted, something that doesn't sway. What better than astronomy, practiced for thousands of years by people around the world? There are no loopholes, simply cut and dried futures dictated by the stars. There are no questions needed or required, either.
But an autocracy like this corrupts sooner or later. And people will do what they can to keep that power, to the point of dictating simple choices like mates, daily schedules, or influencing emotions through foul means. Not a pretty picture, nor by any case an unusual one. When power struggles become obvious, though, a rebellion is sure to follow.
In their efforts to unearth Justice Buried, Astrea and Lexan discover a simple but painful truth. No stars, no rules, can dictate your life to you. It's the choices you make; not all of them can be good or happy ones, but these alone make you what you can be. They are a guide, but the end? That's up to you.
Lexan's Pledge [A Starbright Secrets Novella]
Author's Note: this is not a full-length sequel to Justice Buried. It is a short novella telling Lexan's side of the story!
There will come three…
A child of peace, born in a place of war.
A child of right, born in a place of many wrongs.
A child of lawfulness, born in a place with no laws.
The secrets of Asphodel continue to spill as Lexan tells his side of the story. Lexan has been pretending for so long that he barely remembers why. All he knows is that it’s getting harder to be the image of perfection that everyone expects. With Keirna plotting murder, Saloman having visions, and Trea throwing tantrums, Lexan just might be ready to risk his world for the chance at a better one. Available now on Amazon!