Aki szereti az Alienated - Elidegenítve könyvet, az már tudja, hogy Melissa Landers könyveit fel kell vésni a megjelenési naptárba. Ennek a sorozatnak az első két része egy kiegészítő novella kíséretében már megjelent, hogy lesz-e harmadik, azt pedig egyelőre az írónő sem tudja.
Mindenesetre addig sem pihen, már a következő regénye is érkezik, Starflight címmel. És most kaptunk belőle egy kis részletet!
“Hey, do you think you’ll ever come visit me?” she asked. “When I’m living on Vega?”
“Visit? If I can’t clear these charges, I’ll be your permanent sofa crasher.”
“I mean it. Be serious.”
Doran didn’t say so, but he was only half joking. He had a new theory about why his father had sent him to the outer realm, and if he was right, neither of them would ever be free again—at least not within the Solar Territories. He’d have to start over in the fringe. Assuming anyone would hire an eighteen-year-old business intern with no useful trade skills.
“Wait.” Solara brushed a thumb over his knuckles. “You don’t really believe that, do you?”
“I don’t know,” he told her. “I think I figured out what Infinium is.”
“What’s that got to do with sleeping on my sofa?”
“Remember what I told you about my job collecting new elements?”
“Yes,” she said. “For product development.”
“Sometimes we find one that’s too unstable for fuel, but perfect for blowing things up. When that happens, my father destroys the sample and deletes all the data from our archives. He says he doesn’t want to be responsible for creating the next weapon of mass destruction.”
“And that’s what you think Infinium is?”
“It makes sense,” Doran said. “I think my father discovered something dangerous, and the Solar League got their hands on it. That’s why he sent his men to steal it from the transport, and why he sent me to the fringe. Maybe he wants me to destroy what’s left of Infinium before the League finds it.”
“A government conspiracy?” she asked. “That’s a little far-fetched, isn’t it?”
“Have you got a better idea?”
“Actually, I do.” She rolled onto her side to face him. “Let’s quit talking about Infinium and enjoy our shore leave.”
When her amber-green eyes locked on his and she unleashed that dimpled smile, all of Doran’s worries dissolved the way springtime melted the last dregs of winter. As he lay so close to her in the soft grass, their hands linked between them, it was easy to forget everything but the dusting of freckles on her cheeks and the scent of powdered sugar on her breath. His heart ticked to a new rhythm, one that warned he was in trouble. Because this girl had left a mark on him, deep down where time wouldn’t erase it.
He used his free hand to cup her chin. “I’ll visit you.”
“Just try to keep me away.”
Relief flickered on her face, and it warmed him inside to know that he’d left a mark on her, too.
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