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By author: Beth Goobie
Selling Points: "science fiction, dimensions, parallel worlds, gangs, twins, family"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2005
Pages: 294
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $16.95
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The chute opened and Nellie hit the threshold to the maze at a full run, body gliding like a snake, eyes alert for movement, any shadow that looked too dense or too oddly shaped. Once inside the small entrance lobby she paused, pivoting side to side in the gloom, one hand hovering at the stun gun in her belt, but the maze's opening section remaining quiet, nothing to be seen or heard except the sledgehammer thud of her heart.

Nellie Joanne Kinnan is an Advanced Cadet in the Black Core Program at the Detta training center. Weapons and violence are second nature to this twelve-year-old, but she is never exactly sure what it is she is being trained for. Nellie is a dedicated and skilled cadet. She knows she wants to serve the Goddess and the Empire. But there is so much that she doesn't understand. When a weapons training session brings her face-to-face with her twin, Nellie's world is thrown into turmoil. Suddenly she questions her commitment to the violence that has dominated her young life. As she slowly learns to trust her rebellious twin, she comes to realize that much of what she has been taught about life in both the Interior and the Outbacks is not true. Faced with this reality, Nellie must find new weapons and new strength in her struggle to continue to serve the Goddess.

In this exciting sequel to Flux, Beth Goobie has once again created a cast of memorable characters within a story that will both fascinate and challenge readers. Fixed continues the author's exploration of the moral question of societal control versus personal freedom and will certainly add to her well-deserved reputation as one of Canada's best and most ambitious writers of teen fiction.

Fixed is the second of two books in a series.
Book one is Flux.
Puget Sound Council - September 1, 2009
"A fascinating and dark story."
CM Magazine - June 24, 2005
"Goobie's pace is fast and furious....impossible to put down."
VOYA - June 1, 2005
"...pulse-pounding action..."
KLIATT - May 1, 2005
"...dark, complicated, and brilliant....every bit as sophisticated as any adult fantasy/SF..."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books - March 28, 2005
"A dramatic and compelling read."


Saskatchewan Book Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2006

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