Short Story Prequel to Valiant: FREE Download for My Newsletter Subscribers
It's seventeen-year-old Sara's job to save Earth. The only problem is every time she's tried so far, she's failed. The fact that she can travel through time isn't helping either, especially when everyone believes she's the only person who simply cannot die—she's the only one who can jumpstart all the events and give humanity one last chance.
Get a first glimpse at time-traveling Sara as she desperately tries to change the one event that sets an alien apocalypse in motion: the launch of the Valiant rocket ship to Titan.
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For fans of The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy, The Host by Stephanie Meyer, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, The Terminator, Body Snatchers, and Edge of Tomorrow.
REVIEWS FOR VALIANT
"An imaginative, fresh take on the time travel novel. Valiant has it all: breakneck adventure, high stakes, a kick-ass heroine, and a time-twisting narrative. Seriously captivating sci-fi.” —Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Progeny
“Valiant is Edge of Tomorrow in a post-apocalyptic future, and Destefano’s Sara has the grit of Sarah O’Connor as she fights to save the people she loves.” – Jane, NetGalley
“You bet this book ends up on my keeper shelves once my print copy arrives…” – Carien, Goodreads
“I would recommend this book to fans The 5th Wave and The Darkest Minds.” – Vivian, Goodreads
I creep between buildings, a black shadow in an equally dark landscape. I can’t see the San Gabriel Mountains up ahead, but I can feel them pressing down upon me, a wall of rock that seems to whisper, you’ve done this before and you always fail. A laser switchblade is clutched in my fist, the metal slick and foreign, an extra layer of sweat on my brow and hands making me apprehensive. I know other people prefer different weapons, but a laser switchblade—that's my choice. You get to see your enemies up close and personal, you see the flicker of fear in their alien eyes. That right there can give me enough adrenaline to complete almost any job. Not to mention, this baby is the only thing that can kill my real enemy.
The Xua. Alien invaders who want to take over Earth.
I swallow, my throat dry.
Even after all my jumps through time, this war never feels right. It never feels like what I want to do.
"Everyone else can die, remember that," a voice says in my ear. "Not you."
I flinch at the words. It’s Natalie, my best friend, talking through our skin site com system. We’re a crew of four, all of us trying our best to keep to the shadows, as if that will hide us from the hair-trigger sensors that protect this facility.
“You took down the sensors?” I ask her, my voice so low even I can barely hear it.
Natalie sighs. And although Billy’s on the other side of the building, his chuckle sounds like he’s standing beside me. Justin is the only one who answers, the calm assurance in his voice exactly what I need right now.
“She did. We tested it last night. We’re good to go.”
I nod, then realize no one can see me. I never asked to be the one to save the world and it’s not on my to-do list. But somehow, I got tangled up in this war and this is what I have to do.
I glance down at the monitor on the back of my hand. This is the first life when I scored one of these things and it’s made my job so much easier. I can see my younger brother, Gabe, in his bedroom, playing video games and laughing, the light from his screen turning his face blue, then green, then red.
He smiles and it lifts my spirits.
He’s safe. As long as he’s alive, we still have a chance.
It’s Go Time. It’s now or never.
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