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Author: Simone Pond

Type of Book: eBook

Length: 24 pages

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction

Release Date: February 26, 2015

Publisher: Ktown Waters

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This short story is part of Simone Pond’s Voices of the Apocalypse series. There are ten stories in this series.

Ransom Sherman is a sixty-three-year-old retired farmer who lives deep in the woods of Ohio. He lost his farm years earlier when the bog corporations seized control of the Midwest’s farming industry. He was forced off his own land, but didn’t let that stop him from stealing back some of his own chickens. Now he sells their eggs at the local farmer’s market.

In fact, he met Keyla Johnson on his way to the market one morning. The first thing he noticed about Keyla was not her black skin, it was how small and scrawny she looked. He knew she couldn’t be much older than twelve years old and just from looking at her, he knew she was all alone in the world.

Both Keyla and Ransom have had it rough for a long time, but, maybe this unlikely duo will find solace from being together.

Twenty-four pages should not be enough space to fully develop a single character, so it definitely should not be enough to develop two characters. Yet, somehow Simone Pond has managed to exceed my expectations.

I rate THE GIFT as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



Simone Pond is an award-winning author of dystopian fiction. Her current series includes The City Center, The New Agenda, The Mainframe, and The Torrent. She also has a short story series called Voices of the Apocalypse.

She grew up in Kensington, Maryland – a small town just outside of Washington D.C. As a young girl, she loved writing in her journal and making up stories, but after reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, everything changed. Amazed that a woman could write so convincingly from a teenage boy’s perspective, Pond became determined to become a writer as well.

Pond currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their Boston Terrier. Follow her blog at Simone Says…

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