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Won 2023 Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention in Young Adult Sci-fi, First Place winner in the 2022 @ArtisanReads Book Excellent Awards Contest for Science Fiction and Fantasy, Distinguished Favorite from 2022 Independent Press awards, and Editor's Pick from BookLife. A space colonization story about seeking independence and home rule in the face of corporate greed. Tribal women bind together in a war zone where they are discounted as not important enough to save or keep safe. On Dolvia in the galaxy's Westend, women of diverse tribes fight alongside warriors to bring down greedy offworld mining corporations, and local despots, to gain liberty and home rule. Lt. Mike Shaw demands Dr. Greensboro’s doctoring skills at the hospital, forcing the closure of her bush clinic. She witnesses forced labor, forced migration, and the threat of an epidemic. She sees how tribal women–often wearing burkas–find solutions for saving the children in a conflict zone, and she commits to their cause for Home Rule. Brianna Miller is an isolated girl–a mixed-blood orphan–who wants to learn English. With the lessons from Dr. Greensboro, the abuse from soldiers, and the sisterhood among tribal victims, Brianna prepares for a future she will choose for herself. But first she must travel offworld.
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