Grady has found a crack in the wall—a crack to the outside world. But all he knows about life outside the compound comes from books, magazines, and a photograph of a creature that no longer exists.
Things change when he meets a girl with raspberry-yellow hair, and a secret that could lead them to a world beyond the walls. A world where their abilities could change everything … or lead them both to ruin.
A week passes before Grady asks, “What do you think happened to the guards?”
They’re wading through a hip-high stream, dunking themselves in it. Like dead leaves, their loose gray clothes hang from a scraggly tree. Cassie smooths her dripping hair behind her right ear and says, “One of the kids made ’em do it, I guess.” The water rains off her chin in shiny rivulets.
Grady bunches his face. He sweeps the stream around him into glinting crescent streaks. “But how?” he asks. “It doesn’t make much sense.”
Cassie clears her throat and says, “We’re not the only ones with powers, you know.”(Wild Horse, pp. 18-19)
✪ Wild Horse was added to the Nebula Awards Suggested Reading List by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (Publication Year: 2019 / Category: Novelette).
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