TUNNEL OF BONES x CITY OF EMBER. Di's world hasn't seen the sky in two hundred years. When her parents fall to a curse that turns them into light-shunning monsters, Di must do all she can to save them. With the help of new friends and forbidden magic, she must survive a series of trials to join the very group that plans to hunt her parents down.
In the reflection of Di’s sword, her father bustled around the one room house like he was possessed. He shoved random instruments into a bag, and this could only mean one thing. He’d be heading out again.
As per their rule, that meant she was either stuck at home alone, or—Di cringed, the neighbors would be sent over to watch her.
“Babá,” she said, jumping in front of him, “what are you doing?”
“I have to go out for a little while.” He stepped around her.
The answer was familiar, but it still made her heart beat against her chest. He hadn’t gone out in weeks and that was just how she liked it. A shiver ran up her spine as she looked to the door and imagined the darkness outside, waiting to envelope her father and take him away.
“How about you go tomorrow?” She stuck her head in front of his face and batted her big hazel eyes.
“Don’t put off—”
“Until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow,” she interrupted, giving him stink eye.
“What you can do today,” her babá corrected with a smirk. “Aren’t you funny.” He continued his dizzying journey around the room, lifting blankets and looking under pillows.
Di scrunched up her face. He was immune to her charms. She had to find something that would keep him home. Keep him safe.