Sixteen year old Wisteria Kuti has two options—track the infected around the Isle of Smythe or leave the only known safe haven and face a world infested with flesh eating biters. But even with well-armed trackers, things go wrong and Wisteria ends up alone facing certain death, until she is rescued by the mysterious Bach. Uninfected, Bach is able to survive among the hordes of living dead.
Eighteen year old Bach, from a race known as The Family, has no interest in human affairs. He was sent here to complete his Great Walk and return home as a man—as a Sen Son. The Family regard humans as Dirt People, but Bach is drawn to this Terran girl, whom he has never seen before, but somehow knows.
Hunted by flesh eaters, cannibals, and the mysterious blood thirsty group called Red Phoenix, Wisteria and Bach make their way back to the Isle of Smythe, a community built on secrets and lies.
Praise for Wisteria:
“I love the buildup of this story, getting to know the characters and watching their connection grow. I had no idea which way the story was headed and I was kept in suspense right up to the very end! It has plenty of action and a fascinating plot and I can’t wait to see what Bisi Leyton has for us next!!”
“There are a lot of great things in this book, so much more than zombies and a struggle for survival. At it’s base core it is about star-crossed lovers, literally and the supporting characters roles… Ms. Leyton brings to Wisteria a mixture of science fiction, fantasy, dystopic world with a twist to the paranormal romance angle!”
“The book was full of nonstop action from the beginning until the end, and I did not put it down until I had finished it. I loved the book.”
A few nights later, Wisteria was locking up the library. The empty building unsettled hersince she was still getting used to her new, safer job. A part of her missed being outside andlearning to cope out there. She wondered now if she would ever learn the skills she needed toreturn to her father. Heading down from the third floor, she was startled to see Bach standingat the bottom of the stairwell. “Ah,” she cried. “You scared me.”“The door was unlocked,” he said before she asked.“Oh.”He looked different. Maybe it was because he was now wearing jeans and a t-shirt, givingup his more formal 1930’s look. But that wasn’t it. She could not place it; perhaps it wasbecause she hadn’t seen him in a while. Since she had stood up to Coles, she hadn’t set eyeson him. That was a mean feat in a community as small as the Isle of Smythe. Then again, itwas Bach. Hadn’t Hailey also been scarce the last couple of days? Her jealousy rose up againand she shoved it away. “How are you?” she asked as she descended the steps. “How areGarfield and Felip? How’s Hailey?”“How can you defend someone like Coles?” he demanded while not answering herquestions.“Bach, he’s important to me,” Wisteria said softly as she continued to make her waydown the stairs. He blocked her path.“Are you scared of him? Because I can make him very afraid of me.”“You’re in my way.”“Wisteria, don’t go.” His hand held her forearm. “What does he have on you? He treatseveryone like they are nothing, even you, and you still stand up for him. Why?”“You won’t understand.”“Help me to. Please.” He let go of her hands.Grimacing, she explained, “When we first got here, it wasn’t like this. You wouldn’tbelieve what it was like when the leadership council ran everything, before the soldiers gothere.”“Okay, so tell me.”“The community was rough. Everyone had a gun or knife on them at all times. Somepeople hoarded food, some stole, some traded drugs, but the only thing everyone agreed on?No one was allowed across the bridge from the mainland. When the food ran out, things wentfrom rough to toxic.” Wisteria became uneasy as she remembered.“What changed?”“Nothing at first—we tried to manage. Then, the leaders started trading with the seamerchants.” Wisteria shook her head and sat down on the steps. “Everyone thought they wereour salvation, because they had so much food. But whenever the merchants arrived they tookover and they did whatever or whoever they wanted on the island.”“Did they do something to you?” Bach crouched down in front of her.She closed her eyes to stop the tears that were building up in her eyes. “My mother and afew other women too, she still won’t talk about it.”
Bisi Leyton was born in East London in 1978. She grew up in London, Nigeria and the States, listening to the stories life and love from aunts, cousins and big sisters.
She lives in London, but has worked around Europe including France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. She has a fondness for reading graphic novels.
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