State of Vengeance by Summer Lane
Collapse #6
Publication Date:June 26 2015
Genre:Dystopia, New Adult

Vengeance is coming.

Monterey Bay, California, has barely survived a brutal attack from the evil invasion forces of Omega, and Cassidy Hart is exhausted. She has lost a friend and gained a new enemy. The militias seem to be weakening, and Omega seems to be getting stronger.

In an effort to recruit more troops, Cassidy travels to the desolation of the high mountains to find the mysterious troops of Sky City, and to eliminate a threat that has long been growing just out of the militia’s reach.
Cassidy is not alone. Old enemies greet her, and the most dangerous person of all just might be the one she trusts the most.
The fate of the free world is at stake. The end is coming.
The militias – or Omega – will have its revenge.

Excerpt 1

Cassidy and Chris

“I’m trained to protect,” Chris answers, never wavering. “I’m trained to eliminate those people who would hurt my family, and my country. Anything beyond that is wrong.” He shakes his head. “I just don’t want you to get used to killing, Cassidy. You’re better than that.”
​I rest my hands on my hips.
​“I hate killing,” I say. “But I hate Omega more.”
​A cool gust of wind blows Chris’s hair into his face.
​“We do what we have to so that we can survive,” Chris tells me. “We don’t do it for any other reason than to protect and serve.”
​I turn away from him, angry, unshed tears spilling onto my cheeks.
​“This isn’t just about survival anymore,” I say. “This is about revenge.”


Excerpt 2

To Be Human

I understand what it is to be human. To be human is to make mistakes. To be human is to feel pain and loss. To be human is to be jealous, to be insecure. To be human is to be either supremely overconfident or to second guess every decision you make.
​To be human is to feel, on an incredible level, the full agony of what it means to live. Of what it means to sacrifice the things that you want – and to lose the people you love the most.
​As we walk through the forest, I think of Chris.
​For ten years, all he did was fight and kill and lose people he loved. It was such a painful experience that his humanity was removed. He no longer felt anything. He was numb and tired. He existed – but that was all. And then came the EMP, the militias, and me.
​And now, he says he is human again.
​Me? I feel like I’m getting farther and farther away from my humanity.


Excerpt 3

Cassidy Hart is Vengeance

In my mind, I see the pieces of an elaborate puzzle coming together. I feel a jolt of electricity, and I realize that I’m excited. Scared to death? Sure. But excited. The rush of going on a mission is a thrill ride like no other.
​My name is Cassidy Hart, I think. I am vengeance.

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For Web 2015 Summer Lane is the author of the international bestselling Collapse Series and Zero Trilogy. She owns WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine dedicated to the Art of Storytelling. Summer is also an accomplished creative writing teacher and professional journalist. She lives in the Central Valley of California where she creates her stories and shares them with the world.

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