the race

On the island, strength is everything.

Men live apart from women. They compete for every necessity: food, shelter, even sex. The winners live well. The losers die.

While the men fight, the women train. Their lives revolve around The Race. When the trumpet blows, the women run. For days, through untamed wilderness, with no supplies. 

The men give chase--and they take what they can catch.

Bloodfeather is a perfect specimen. She's fast, she's vicious, and she's won three Races. She's been caught--nobody reaches the finish line unscathed--but she left a trail of corpses behind her.

This time, it's not enough to win. She's going to escape.

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