Escape is Book One of the five-book Alliance Series.

What if everything you knew about the world around you was a lie, and the very people you were taught to fear were your salvation, your escape?

Meet Amelia, raised in the safety of a Replenisher compound, a protectorate for the few Alliance females who can bear children. In two months, she will have to choose a mate and begin her duties, except it doesn’t happen like that. When she witnesses a Zoriner boy fall over the wall of the compound, the very wall designed to keep those like her safe from those like him, the injured boy becomes her burden and maybe, if she lets him, her escape from the life she is meant to have, and the key to unraveling of the many secrets and lies on both sides of this conflict and each other.

This is the very beginning of her journey.

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Recent reviews for Escape

I’ve never read anything by Inna Hardison before, but I do like science fiction. It was on sale, so I gave it a try. I’m glad I did! The story and characters are compelling and the world she creates will grab you and not let go! Very nice. Now to wait patiently for book two.

Anonymous (on Amazon)

A very engaging read! On my Florida patio, sunny, 72 degrees, slight breeze, comfortable in the zero gravity chair, but, I am worlds away with Amelia and Riley, Emma and Drake, pulled into their strange world that is revealing itself in tantalizing bits. It keeps me there, as I willingly procrastinate my real world tasks to some future time. I have to stay here, just until the next chapter, or maybe the one after that…

Sheila Lafleur

Interesting futuristic read told from different time points in the future.

What if scientists thought they were doing something to help, but it turned out differently. This book is just the first in the series and readers will get a sneak peak into the next book at the end. Sometimes the story is a bit hard to follow, but all in all I think this book takes a peek into what could happen if the wrong people thought they were doing the right thing. I liked the characters and their emotional involvement in the story. A book worth looking at and the sequel looks just as tantalizing.

P.S.Winn

Reminiscent of Collins’ The Hunger Games and Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, I enjoyed this first installment of The Alliance series immensely. Escape is a fast-paced and gripping tale, in which Hardison introduces us to complex, believable characters struggling to come to terms with their abilities and inabilities to challenge a world not of their making. Throughout the story, coursing just beneath the surface, is the unavoidable truth that the societal ills we suffer today may well pave the road to this dystopian state, and yet we believe…in fact, must believe…that a seed of hope will always have the power to grow, no matter how seemingly poor and lifeless the soil in which it’s planted may be.

Ms. Hardison’s remarkable mastery of language, combined with her powerful and richly descriptive storytelling make her an author to watch. I cannot wait for the second installment…

Kim Brown

Written for the same type of audience as The Hunger Games, I devoured this book…as I do any of Inna Hardison’s writings. She has a way of putting words together that grabs you and carries you along to another place and time, to others’ thoughts and feelings. And yet she does it easily, without force or gimmick. She puts you inside her characters’ heads and hearts without a lot of superfluous words that I have found, in the writings of other authors, wholly distracting. Inna’s words are carefully chosen and necessary and never pretentious. I cannot believe there are 5 books in this series to enjoy – how lucky are we to share so much of this story and her writing. I cannot wait to begin Volume 2.

Amazon Customer

Inna Hardison lays out a nuanced views of troubled characters in an even more troubled world. I can’t say much without saying spoilers, but she takes you on an immersive tour of a dystopian society where plenty can go wrong and not much is praised. The characters are raw and real, and the emotions they evoke even more so.

I would recommend this book to almost anyone looking to pick up a good read. Though it’s not something you can fly through in a few hours and definitely isn’t light reading, it’s deep, well-represented and creative. I cannot wait for the sequel.

Sarah

There are scenes in Escape that are now seared into my mind – the boy returning to his home to find his family gone and his dog dead . . . . the stark, empty city, inhabited by a lone madman who remembers the sins of the past . . . . the scientist haunted by the dead snow-bound babies who inadvertently brings down the end of the world . . . .

Inna is a stunning writer. Her book unfolds like a delicate flower; this isn’t the Dystopian story for you if you want kids murdering each other in an arena – this book shows how the world will really end, not with a bang but with a whimper, brought about by those with the best of intentions.

I wish the writer had published traditionally – she deserves the attention. Fantastic read.

Alec Hutson

“Escape (Alliance) (Volume 1)” by Inna Hardison is my first read from this author and I really liked it. If you are into Science Fiction/Fantasy novels you’ll love this book. The author creates a mystical world where the walls of one world are kept separate from another. There are people in the same world where you find that something is just not quite what it seems. I’m being very vague because I don’t want to give too much away. It was a quick read for me, and I didn’t want to put it down because it enthralled me to find out what was going to happen next.

Alexia Janie Evans

I am an avid fan of sci-fi and fantasy novels. This story is neither and both at the same time. Set in a dystopian “other” space, the people, attitudes and settings are all instantly recognizable. You know these people- you went to school with them, they sat at your lunch table. And yet…. there is something “off”, something not quite right. The exploration of what causes this uneasy feeling takes you through an utterly believable adventure that has you guessing at each turn….why is this happening and who is behind it? Inna Hardison has done a brilliant job of rendering a world that captivates your imagination and lingers, long after you’ve closed the book.

Kendyl Young

Gripping and intriguing.

I have always been a Sci-Fi fan and would read anything I can get my hands on. Seven times out of ten I can not get through the first 10 pages. This on was a pleasant surprise. Can not call it a page turner simply because there is no, well, paper. Keep them coming, Mrs. Hardison.

Michael Sorkin

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