Scorched by Mari Mancusi will be released on September 9, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire (publishers of tween and teen titles).
Trinity helps her grandfather with his museum, which once was a popular tourist destination for those interested in dinosaur bones. His latest acquisition is supposed to be a dragon egg, but Trinity is convinced her grandfather has been tricked out of his money. Then Connor appears and tells her he has come from the future to prevent dragons from destroying the world. Suddenly government agents are after her, Connor's twin Caleb shows up with his own agenda, and everything just gets more and more complicated. Who can Trinity trust? She needs to make the right choices to prevent the world from becoming the post-apocalyptic version of itself that Connor and Caleb know.
So much post-apocalyptic fiction seems hopeless, or desperately technological, but this one blended the fantasy element of dragons into the sci-fi mix of gadgets and time travel. And since the boys have come back to try and prevent the apocalypse, there is an element of hope. There are so many elements to appeal to readers - the attraction between Trinity and Connor (or the attraction between Trinity and Caleb), the Dracken who are trying to save the dragons, the government conspiracy with agents trying to steal the dragon egg and do experiments on it, the rivalry between the twins Connor and Caleb... Whether you like fantasy or sci-fi or action stories, there will be plenty for you to enjoy. And you will be looking forward to the next book in the series.
This would be a good book for folks who enjoy The Hunger Games and similar stories. NOTE- This is written for young adults, definitely not for younger readers. The story line is complex and there is a lot of violence.
Check out the publisher's website for more information. The author also has her own website, if you would like to find out more about her. And, there is a trailer for the book, too.