The Regulator welcomes Robin Kirk for a reading and signing in celebration of the launch of her novel -- and the first volume in a young-adult fantasy trilogy -- The Bond.
If you had to choose who would sacrifice her life for you, could you?
Dinitra believes the Sower who engineered her made a mistake. She only finds joy after she's drafted into the Legion to train a mutant battle dog called 12. Dinitra and 12 will help in the final battle for their home, the Weave. They’ll destroy the rebels who stand in the way of the Weave’s ultimate goal: a world without males.
In a surprise attack, rebels kidnap Dinitra and 12. She learns that rebels also engineer children, but they make males, lots of them, to topple the Weave. All of her beliefs are challenged as she learns the ugly secrets the Weave has kept from most of its citizens. Worse, Dinitra feels attraction to one male warrior—a shameful crime in both societies, where only wild beasts mate.
As war approaches, Dinitra must make an agonizing decision as she learns what love and loyalty mean in a world of engineered humans and not-so-monstrous mutants, while war threatens them all.
Robin Kirk is a Faculty Co-Chair of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and is a founding member of the Pauli Murray Project. An author and human rights advocate, Kirk is a lecturer in Duke's Department of Cultural Anthropology. An essayist and award-winning poet, her poetry chapbook, Peculiar Motion, is available through Finishing Line Press, and her work included in Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. Her other books, include More Terrible Than Death: Massacres, Drugs and America’s War in Colombia and The Monkey’s Paw: New Chronicles from Peru). She coedits The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics and is an editor of Duke University Press’s World Readers series. Kirk is the author of The Bond, the first in a fantasy trilogy published by Blue Crow Publishing and its YA imprint, Goldenjay. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and holds an MFA in Children’s and Young Adult literature from Vermont College of Fine Arts.