Lone Player

Lone Player, Book 1

2021 Lost Island Writing Contest Winner

To manage overpopulation, citizens are marked with playing card tattoos—and an annual draw from a deck determines who the Chaser Corps exterminates.

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Julia Rosemary Turk

Julia Rosemary Turk is an author and artist based in Northern California. She loves all things creative, and she spends her days downing matcha lattes and writing stories. In addition to writing, Julia loves spending time with family, playing cozy games, and listening to indie rock. She's been battling chronic Lyme disease since childhood and considers her illness a crucial part of her identity.

“You can lie all you want, but every lie will come back to bite you someday. They always do.”

To manage overpopulation, citizens are marked with playing card tattoos—and an annual draw from a deck determines who the Chaser Corps exterminates.

Eddie resents her pro-Chaser father for expecting her to join the Corps. Her true desire is to become an illegal healer to save her best friend Margot, who hides her chronic illness to avoid a death sentence. Determined to follow her heart, Eddie defies her father by secretly dodging the Chaser Corps Entrance Exam and aligning herself with the rebels, where one wrong move could have dire consequences.

Margot’s twin brother Ren longs to become a Chaser, despite his hatred for the inhumane organization. Playing a role in population control as a member of the Corps would secure his immediate family Immunity and protect Margot’s life. His secret decision to take the entrance exam challenges his family’s anti-Chaser principles, and receiving his acceptance letter plunges him deeper into a moral crisis.

Although Eddie and Ren despise each other, their shared love for Margot compels them to strike a deal—Ren will devote his life to the Corps, while Eddie will risk her life with the rebels. Together, they weave an intricate web of falsities to keep their families in the dark.

But as they dive deeper into opposing sides, doubt threatens their fragile alliance. Will their bond prove strong enough to shatter the system, or will the weight of their lies turn them against each other?

Publisher

Lost Island Press

ISBN

9798985010282

Publication Date

July 8, 2023

Formats

Ebook, Paperback, Hardcover

Page Count

583

Cover Designer

MAD Book Covers

Illustrator

Gonzalo Mansilla

Typesetter

Mel Torrefranca

Recommended for Ages 12+

Lone Player contains some mature themes, violence, and/or language.

No trigger warnings available.