A shocking new world. A dangerous choice. Two futures preparing to collide. Having left her soulmate White behind her in Angle Tar, Rue is trying to make sense of her new and unfamiliar life in World. Its technologically advanced culture is as baffling as is it thrilling to her, and Rue quickly realises World's fascination with technology can have intoxicating and deadly consequences. She is also desperately lonely. And so is White. Somehow, their longing for each other is crossing into their dreams - dreams that begin to take increasingly strange turns as they appear to give Rue echoes of the future. Then the dreams reveal the advent of something truly monstrous, and with it the realisation that Rue and White will be instrumental in bringing about the most incredible and devastating change in both World and Angle Tar
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A shocking new world. A dangerous choice. Two futures about to collide.
Teenage dreamer Rue is heartbroken, vulnerable and very much alone. Running from a world she thought she wanted to leave behind forever - to another that speaks a language she does not understand - Rue is still haunted by dreams of White, the enigmatic boy she abandoned there, and he dreams of her in return. Now Rue is struggling to adapt to her new life in an unknown city with Wren - a boy she barely trusts but is dependent on.
Yet Rue is more powerful than she knows. And this new life holds thrilling possibility and freedom as well as frightening uncertainty. But can Rue's determination to keep White behind her affect her future more than she could ever imagine?
For everyone else, life went on.
For White, there was an interrogation masked as a friendly chat in a small room. Questions barked at him by unsmiling government men about how he had allowed a rogue Talented to infiltrate campus and steal away one of his students.
About the exact nature of his relationship with that student.
There were rumours whispered, and looks thrown at him, but they might as well have been trying to cut ice with cotton for all he could rouse himself to care. Shutting everything off in such a fashion was his best refuge from pain, and it was almost fine.
Somewhere in the back of his head, he knew he would have to surface eventually. But for now, the disconnection helped him get through the day. If he didn't think, he couldn't care. So it went.
And then it all changed.
He was with Tulsent in a Talent lesson. The smallest and most nervous of his students this year - a mouse of a boy. White went through the mechanics of the lesson bit by bit, working on automatic. This step. The next. Thinking of nothing more than curling up in bed in his rooms as soon as this was over and losing himself to some blank, undemanding sleep. He'd had no Talent dreams since Rue had left. In fact, he hadn't had any kind of dream at all. The last one he remembered had been the night of her departure, and it had been a particularly horrible nightmare. He'd been in a castle, with an awful monster big enough to end worlds, and a girl who looked like a ghost. An echo of it slithered in his head in unguarded moments, but he hadn't dreamed of that place again.
Tulsent was talking through his recent dreams. There weren't many- the boy had a particularly bad memory for them. But this one had obviously stayed with him, because he said, '. . . And he had silver eyes, which I thought was weird.'
It took a few seconds.