"This is an exciting and captivating read. I love the world that Littlemore has built, and I love seeing how it develops beyond its initial boundaries, both physically and emotionally. [...] I'll definitely be recommending it to any young adult fans, both teen and older." Sara T., Goodreads (#3)
A flooded future. A relationship torn apart.
When 16-year old Quin's best friend Harper fails The Beck's assessment, will she ever see her again?
Regular appraisals are part of life in The Beck, a walled-in community constantly threatened by floodwaters. But when the shocking results of the most recent test are revealed, Quin knows her world is about to change forever.
Wrenched from Agric, where she has lived and worked for years, Quin finds herself thrown into the unfamiliar Patrol Sector. Yearning for her lost friend, struggling to adjust to her new surroundings, she begins to question the society she thought she knew.
And then she meets the mysterious Cam, who seems willing to break the rules for her. Determined to find Harper, Quin enlists his help. But when she discovers the horrifying truth, it might just destroy her.
If you devour fast-paced, addictive stories with compelling characters who inhabit intriguing futures, you’ll love The Flow Series.
It’s been three months since Quin transferred to Patrol and discovered the terrifying truth about the community she lives in. Citizens of The Beck are disposable and those in charge are capable of terrible cruelty. Vowing to protect those around her, Quin has joined the Resistance. But she knows she is risking everything.
Rebellion of any kind must be secretive and clever. Gathering enough people to fight seems like an impossible task. When those closest to her are directly threatened, Quin knows she has to act. But time is running out. Governance will stop at nothing to protect the world it has worked to build. In the end, Quin must decide how far she is prepared to go to rescue the ones she loves.
Break is the second in the Flow series, which follows Quin as she struggles to carve out a future in the harsh regime she was born into.
Screams echoed upwards through the valley. I struggled to keep my head above the water, feeling the heavy weight of the harness pulling me under. Gasping for breath before I became completely submerged, I fought to keep control of my limbs, to swim, to break through the mirrored surface above me. It seemed smooth, like glass, though I knew that from above, the water was always moving: rippling gently or whipping back and forth, spray shooting out at angles, splashing over the shale on the narrow beach.
There were others around me, but I couldn’t feel their movements. I knew they were struggling just like me, striving to reach the surface, no matter how weak their wasted limbs became. I remembered being told during a climbing lesson once that legs are always stronger than arms, and I kicked with all the force I could muster. The top of my head broke the surface and for a second I could see above the water. The beach was lined with Shadow Patrol officers, a line of them staring out to sea, vacant expressions on their faces. I wondered for a second why they didn’t have their faces covered.
Tilting my head skywards, I gasped another desperate breath. The heavens were an inky blue, a few stars visible here and there, tiny pinpricks of light which were further away than I could possibly fathom. As my head sank into the depths again, I watched. They blurred, the sharp daggers of light becoming indistinct as the sheer volume of dim, shadowy water grew above my head. I was sinking. With no strength left to fight it, I could do nothing but fall gently down into the depths of the bay.
She wanted freedom. But freedom comes at a price.
Quin believed that a life away from The Beck would make her happy. But when a cruel twist of fate forces her to leave sooner than planned, she struggles to come to terms with her new reality. Haunted by memories of the people she left behind, she finds herself wishing she was back in Patrol, with Cam by her side.
Cut off from The Beck, the escapees carve out a new existence on a small island. Tentative bonds are formed, but as disputes surface and rebellion is threatened, Quin quickly realises that their new home isn’t the sanctuary she had imagined. And when one of her fellow citizens is willing to go to desperate measures to save those he loves, he puts the entire community in danger.
As they hatch a daring plan to save themselves, Quin is faced with a terrible choice: protect her friends or follow her heart.
Drift is the third in the Flow series, which follows Quin as she battles to forge a new life in unfamiliar territory without the man she has come to depend on.
It took me a while to get to sleep, and when I woke it was still not morning. I could hear voices at the far end of the dorm, whispers which conveyed a note of urgency. I stumbled out of bed and walked over to them. Tyler was standing in the doorway of Green’s room. She turned at my approach. I could see Green inside, hurling herself around the room, collecting various items and throwing them into a backpack.
“Something wrong?” I whispered.
“Rogers just radioed. He’s on his way back,” Tyler muttered.
Green paused in her quest for a moment and turned to face me. “Cam’s ok, you’ll be glad to hear. He answered the radio call. Said he thinks he can help us. We need to get to The Beck as soon as possible. That means setting off as soon as Rogers gets back.”
I ignored the jolting of my heart at the news, asking what I hoped was a practical question instead, “In the middle of the night?”
“Yes.” She resumed her search, pulling things out of drawers and shoving them into the bag. “Hughes got in contact. Offered us the loan of one of their motorboats. It will get us to The Beck faster and be less conspicuous than the Clearance boat.”
“What do they want in return?” I frowned, trying to clear the sleep from my head. “More ammo?”
“Apparently not. Hughes just asked that he and a couple of other Ridge citizens come along. Have the opportunity to look around.”
I felt my heart lurch for a second time. “So, they are interested in The Beck?”
“And Rogers agreed to this?” I couldn’t keep the frustration from my voice.
“Well it makes sense.” Green sounded defensive. “We get there much faster if we go with them. They came through on the deal with Barnes, didn’t they?”
“Well, yes, but that’s hardly concrete proof they can be trusted. What are the others going to say? I thought we made decisions as a group?”
Green shot me a look. “Not this one. There’s no time.”
One battle. One chance to change the future.
Having survived the deadly virus that endangered her new community, Quin is devastated to learn that the same sickness threatens The Beck. With Adams and his Shadow Patrol in charge, Cam and her friends are in mortal danger.
The rebels know they’re not strong enough to take on The Beck’s government alone. The only way to succeed is to join forces with The Ridge. But their alliance is built on tenuous threads: one wrong move could destroy their hopes forever.
As Quin steels herself for the final battle, a shocking revelation leaves her wondering what she is willing to sacrifice in the name of freedom.
Quell is the fourth and final book in the Flow series, which follows Quin and her allies into the ultimate battle to save The Beck.
“Drop it.” The command was brief, but indisputable.
Very slowly, I bent down and placed the gun on the ground in front of me. Then, raising my hands in surrender, I stepped away from it.
“We need to go.” The command was aimed at Allen, who had not moved since Thomas began speaking. “Someone else could arrive at any moment.”
Allen moved through the door, easing the box out through the narrow space. As he passed, he shot me a look which seemed to convey some kind of apology. I seethed quietly as he continued down the hall in the opposite direction.
“What happens next?” I blurted out.
“What happens is Allen collects the other box from the kitchen, then we leave,” he paused, as though gauging my reaction, “taking your friend here with us.”
About the author:
Clare Littlemore is a young adult dystopian and sci-fi author who thrives on fictionally destroying the world in as many ways as she possibly can.
She was born in Durham, in the UK. Her parents were both teachers, and she grew up in a world surrounded by books. She has worked for most of her life as a teacher of English at various high schools in England, where she has shared her passion for books with hundreds of teenagers. In 2013 she began writing her own fiction, got totally hooked, and hasn’t stopped since.
Clare lives in Warrington in the North West of England with her husband and two children.