Title: The Surrendered
Author: Case Maynard
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: September 20, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult
After a financial collapse devastates the United States,
the new government imposes a tax on the
nation’s most valuable resource—the children.
Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer
afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six
hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With
just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off
the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable
things happening to the younger girls in service, she has
no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her
on the run and outside the fence for the first time
since the System robbed her of her liberty.
Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he
holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But
when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even
she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an
unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing
factions gunning for the one thing that might save
them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and
desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing
all the children and the brother she left behind.
An Excerpt from The Surrendered
What if the Master takes out his anger over our escape on Cason?
I freeze. The Master witnessed firsthand how much I care for Cason, and it’s not outside the realm of possibility that he may use him to punish me for running. Just like they used Oliver.
I look over to see Ramsey sitting quietly with her back against the stone wall. She’s retreated within herself again, her eyes glazed and unfocused on the dirt floor at her feet. The doubts bombard me. If I attempt to save myself, I put Cason at risk. If I don’t, I put Ramsey at risk. It’s almost too much to expect me to choose between two lives. One thing’s for sure. Someone has to die.
Through our rebellions and shows of defiance, we’ve weakened the power that the System holds over the community. Beginning with Ramsey’s killing of the Overseer, my escape and then Oliver’s, and with word spreading quickly of John William’s rerouting of the Drudgers back to their families and to underground locations, we have no doubt made people question: If just a few teenagers and a Farm owner could cause such trouble, what might happen if a more organized effort occurred?
In order to set things back to the way they were, to take back their position at the top of the food chain, the System needs a body to show what will happen to those who revolt. I know they won’t stop until they have one to give.
My whole life I’ve had to fight for myself. I’ve fought hunger and hatred and terror and despair. I’ve fought for any freedoms I could get and for any joy I could garner. I’ve fought for my own sanity. But most of all, I’ve fought to hold onto hope. Because somewhere deep inside me I know that without hope, there’s nothing. Ramsey’s right. I use my anger as a mechanism to keep me fighting. It’s what has always made me strong. But now . . . I literally feel the fight leave me. I know that I’ve reached the end of my battle.
If they want a body, they’ll get one. But it won’t be Ramsey’s. And it sure as hell won’t be Cason’s.
“Ramsey, snap out of it.”
About the Author
With over 20 years’ experience in the legal and medical fields, Case Maynard decided to trade in her briefs and reports to write the stories that have been floating around in her head since childhood. She lives with her two teenagers and husband in South Georgia, while maintaining a long-distance liaison with her oldest daughter and partner in crime in Alaska. When not writing, she enjoys reading as often as possible, binge watching anything good on Netflix, and all things NCAA football (Go Noles!). You can learn more about Case and her stories on her website.