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With a surname like Kipling, Joes’ future as a writer might have been predetermined at birth. . . . . well at least it assured her a good place on the bookshelves.
An avid traveller she spent many years backpacking around the world and has by pure luck managed to avoid catastrophe, although she has been known to miss a flight or two.
She now lives in West Yorkshire and if she’s not at home writing she’ll be found hiking in the hills around her house with her dog Rosie.
Joes debut novel Blinded by the Light was published by Cillian Press in 2013. Light the Way is her follow up novel and the 2nd book in the UnionTrilogy.
Having escaped the boundary and the tyranny of the Neighbourhood and now under the protection of the Union, MaryAnn Hunter is slowly re-building her life as a fugitive on the Outside.
When a friend asks for help MaryAnn finds herself on a dangerous rescue mission that takes her on a terrifying journey and back into the desperate clutches of the Director and the Light.
MaryAnn faces a fight for survival against insurmountable odds – but is it a fight she is willing to win at any cost?
Light the Way is the second book in The Union Trilogy
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MaryAnn Hunter is 15 years old and her life in the Neighbourhood as an Alpha was dominated by fashion, celebrity and a desperate need to fit in. Having given up this position of privilege to join her brother Daryl and Uncle Patrick on the Outside she struggles to come to terms with the realities of life in the Union caves. MaryAnn has a real empathy for others and a strong understanding of right and wrong.
Daryl Hunter is MaryAnn’s older brother. He ran away from home when he was 15 to join the Union and before the events of Blinded by the Light they hadn’t been in contact for a number of years. With his messy dark hair and slender frame he makes an unlikely resistance fighter. However along with his best friend Peter and sidekick Flash Gordon they make a formidable team.
Patrick Hunter is MaryAnn and Daryl’s uncle. He’s the leader of the Union, a rebel group fighting for the people left on the Outside after a Flu virus decimated the UK. He cares about his extended family, but the thing closest to his heart is the fight for equality and he will go to any lengths to bring down the Neighbourhood.
Peter Mallory is a solider in the Union. He’s Daryl’s best friend and they share a passion for Sci-fi and superhoeros. He even named his dog and faithful sidekick after Flash Gordon. Peter’s first impression of MaryAnn was not very favorable and this does cause some friction. Peter can be stubborn and a little arrogant but remember not to call him ‘Petey.’
The Director is the leader of the Light and ruler of the Manchester Neighbourhood. He’s tall, attractive and the embodiment of everything that the Light, values. He’s a charismatic and popular leader, but beneath the shiny veneer there’s a cold and calculating heart. He cherishes his position and will go to any lengths to keep it.
Charlotte Swift is a new POV character introduced in Light the Way. She’s 13 and lives a simple but comfortable life on her family farm.