The Light at the Bottom of the World
In 2099, the world is submerged a thousand feet beneath the ocean’s surface, and Great Britain holds dark secrets. Secrets that must be kept at all costs.
Sixteen-year-old Londoner Leyla McQueen loves blasting punk rock and racing in her submersible. But when her gentle papa is framed and arrested, she must use her racing prowess for more than just thrills. Leyla must now win the London Submersible Marathon: The Prime Minister will grant the champion any request, and she hopes to ask for her papa’s freedom.
Amid mounting tension and anonymous threats, Leyla is attacked at the marketplace. Ari, a complete stranger and total nutter, comes to her rescue. The marathon doesn’t go according to plan, when in order to save the life of a fellow contestant, Leyla sacrifices her one shot at securing her papa’s freedom. Then new information about his arrest comes to light: The authorities have been lying about her papa’s situation. He’s not in the capital, and they have no intention of ever releasing him. In order to find and rescue her papa, Leyla will have to venture outside of London for the very first time. To make matters worse, the maddening Ari thinks he’ll be accompanying her—not bloody likely.
When she discovers the desperate extent the government will go to in order to keep Britons living in the past, Leyla must remain defiant and cling to hope. She will have to brave the unfathomable waters, defy the corrupt authorities, and learn to work with the ever-secretive Ari, who is slowly working his way into her heart. If she fails, Leyla risks capture—or worse. And her beloved Papa could be lost forever.
I am a British Muslim of Afghan descent. My main character is Afghan and English. A prevalent theme to have emerged in my story is a fear of, and resistance to, change.