"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
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Racing the Dark

Library Journal Review

Racing the Dark by Alaya Dawn Johnson


Like the other women dwelling on their seismically active island, Lana plans to become a diver for the jewels within the fish of the freshwater seas. Her first dive, however, turns up a rare jewel that marks her as a woman of power and causes her to flee her island home with her family in search of a teacher who can prepare her for the danger that lies ahead. Johnson's first novel presents a coming-of-age story with a strong female protagonist and an unusual and exotic setting.

For most collections. [Johnson, just 25, is currently at work on the sequel volume to this planned trilogy.-Ed.]

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