The Uprising Synopsis:
Recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound, eighteen-year-old Evan Taylor must find a way to stop the Uprising, an underground movement committed to destroying the Union, before her homeland is attacked.
After spending the last four months in the Ruins trying to get back to the only girl he's ever loved, nineteen-year-old Cyrus needs to get past his jealousy over Evan's involvement with Bryce or risk losing her again.
Together, Evan and Cyrus join with their friends to devise a plan to save both the Ruins and the Union, but when the pressure’s on, bickering and infighting threaten to undermine their goals. New information revealing a weakness in the Uprising is uncovered, forcing them to act quickly or risk losing everything.
With the help of old friends and new allies they set out to make history, but it might just take a miracle for everyone to make it out alive.
THE UPRISING is the third book in THE UNION series, a young adult romantic adventure set in the near future.
My eyes open and fading twinkling lights come into focus, dimly illuminating the white walls of our tent. How the hell did I get here? The snoring body next to me doesn’t sound like Rainey. I turn my head to see Colin splayed out beside me.
The last thing I remember was sitting around the bonfire listening to everyone else talk about their plans. Colin must have carried me in here after I fell asleep. The fact that he could drag me to bed without me having any recollection of it is scary as hell.
Cyrus is right, I have no business going out to the Ruins.
I try to clear the static from my brain and remember what was discussed last night before I dozed off. Rainey and Cyrus were leaving early this morning. They’re renting a sailboat to head down to Mexico.
Colin lets out a ripping snore, and I fling my pillow at his head.
“What?” he grumbles, opening one eye to look at me before closing it again.
“Oh, were you sleeping? Sorry.”
He flips me off, which only makes me laugh.
“Are you still mad at me?”
He sighs and rolls over, propping his head up on his forearms. “No. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said what I did. I was frustrated.”
“I’m sorry, too, for being such a pain. And thanks for bringing me in here last night. Scary I slept through it.”
“Wasn’t me. I was gonna wake your ass up and make you walk. Cyrus carried you.”
Cyrus carried me? That simple, yet thoughtful gesture blends with what Lisa said. Maybe he doesn’t hate me. But I hate the way things are between us right now, and I know there’s a very real chance he won’t come back.
Suddenly, I need to see him before he leaves and dash over to the tent he shares with Simon.
Simon’s out cold, but Cyrus’s cot is empty and his duffel bag is gone.
Heart pounding, I turn and race down to the water, hoping to catch them before they sail off.
But they’re gone.
He left without saying goodbye.
I slump down to the sand and pull my legs to my chest, wrapping my arms around them.
Things are so awful between us now. He has to come back.
I need to tell him how much I love him.
Catch up on the series:
The Union: Goodreads | Amazon
The Ruins: Goodreads | Amazon
Hot showers, beds that conform to my body, soft clothes, public transportation — there’s a shitload of stuff to love about the Union, but by far my favorite is the beach. I never tire of watching the ocean, struggling to understand it, the way it seems to go on forever. Standing here, feeling the coarse sand beneath my feet and the cool mist on exposed skin, helps me think.
Like an idiot, I figured nothing else mattered as long as Evan and I were together, but every damn thing matters. It’s not safe to stay here, and it’s not safe to return to the Ruins. Not that she’d even agree to that. Hell, I don’t know what she wants. We barely talk and I know that’s mostly on me. I can’t pretend her sleeping with that douche doesn’t piss me off. I want to punch something every time I see him, which is pretty much every fucking day.
“Figured I’d find you here,” Rainey’s raspy voice comes from behind me.
I grit my teeth and turn to face her. “Hey.”
“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?”
“Yeah. Never thought I’d see the ocean, now I can’t seem to leave.”
She’s quiet for a few moments, staring out at the crashing waves. I’ve stared at them for plenty of hours myself, now I stare at her. She’s pretty, in a rough sort of way. The scar running from her ear to her jaw only enhances her looks. But she’s not someone you’d ever want to mess with.
“Quit staring at me.”
I turn back to the water. “Sorry.”
“Colin went with her. You know, in case you were wondering.”
“Not really.” I wasn’t, only because I chose not to think about it. But if it’d been Bryce, I’d have needed to pound something.
“Are you going to punish her forever?”
Dragging my gaze away from the surf, I glare at her. “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Her eyebrows go up. “Really? You two were this sappy sweet, gag-inducing couple until her ex showed up. Now you’re always in a foul mood, and you barely talk to the girl you supposedly gave up everything to follow.”
“Fine, I don’t like the guy, never have. Why the hell is he here again?”
“We need everyone if we have any hope of doing what you’re planning. We can’t send him packing because he got naked and horizontal with your girl.”
If Rainey wasn’t a girl, I’d have no problem decking her, but she is, so I walk down to the water to get away from her.
Whatever went on between Evan and the douchebag was before she joined the Uprising, but it’s more than that. It’s everything. She had no idea what she was getting herself into and no plan to get out. She nearly got herself killed.
She’s impulsive and reckless, and I don’t know if I can deal with that.
T.H. Hernandez Bio:
When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside my head, I live in San Diego, California, with one husband, three children, two cats, and one dog. In addition to my day job as a technical writer and editor, I write young adult fiction. I love the intensity of teen emotions and the way they're still figuring out life. When I'm not writing, you can find me with my nose in a book, hanging out with family and friends, hiking, or knitting. I'm obsessed with Facebook, young adult novels, bad lip reading videos, pumpkin spice lattes, microbrewed beers, and the San Diego Chargers.
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