“Loved it! A well-written narrative of disability, dystopia, and exploration...consider it a spiritual successor to Lois Lowry’s The Giver and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village.”--Nicole Dieker, Discovery Reedsy
“Britta Jensen's epic worldbuilding shines and the story is full of mystery, suspense, and heart. I'm looking forward to more stories in this universe.”--Amanda Bennett, Midday Moonrise Blog
Long-listed for the 2016 Exeter Novel Prize
A girl who's lost her mother. A boy learning about love. Both with a secret neither knows about and a journey that could tear them apart.
When half-sighted Leanora catches her father committing an unspeakable crime she is forced to flee her village with her blind best friend, Dex. Together they seek answers to the Mists that caused disabilities in many communities on their planet. The journey of discovery isn’t without hardship. Dex drifts away from Leanora, new truths emerge about her family and a newfound power she’s only beginning to understand. Across the deserts of Eloia her heart calls her in a new direction. Does she have the courage to heed its call, if it means leaving everything she knows behind?
The sequel, Hirana’s War, releases October 1, 2020.
"A well-written narrative of disability, dystopia, and exploration, featuring a main character with partial sight. Eloia Born is both a dystopian narrative and a quest story; consider it a spiritual successor to Lois Lowry's The Giver and M. Night Shyamalan's The Village. We learn quickly that the people in Leanora's community are not blind by chance, but by design..."--Nicole Dieker, Discover Reedsy
"This story reminds me of all the things I like so much about Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen series. It is a story of growth - not everything ends on a happy note, everyone has something to add to the story, and the journey was hard - but such is life. I believe that many young adult readers will find a bit of themselves in this story and perhaps even a desire to "choose kind." If we can learn to recognize the gifts in others, realize that there is more to life than what we see, and honestly try to understand one another, this world - and our individual lives - could be very different."--Yalonda Wilhoite, Goodreads Reviewer
"Eloia Born is more than just a simple love story. It's about leaving your comfort zones in search of life's truths. It plays on your emotions and forces you to accept things that you may not want to. It does this wonderfully...I would highly recommend this novel for anyone looking to immerse themselves into a new, beautifully crafted YA world."--GeanerikC, Goodreads Reviewer
Sakura Dreams, a poetry and photographic anthology