17-year-old Nova’s glowing mushroom planet is sustained by the magic of human dreams. Being a Harvester, Nova’s job is to steal dream threads from unaware humans to be used against a darkening parasite. But on one particular night, she has an emotional connection with a boy—and supposed eternal enemy—who then hitches a ride home with her through the stars.
Knowing her people will kill Arlo, they flee in search of an impossible portal he can escape through. But dark secrets creep under the loamy surface, and the parasitic nightmares corrupting Nova’s planet are not only external, but internal, too.
Nova will have to either cut ties with Arlo and her heartstrings, or give up the dying home she’s fought so hard to save. If she fails, everyone will succumb to the parasite consuming their minds and land. If she succeeds, she and her people could have the freedom to dream again.
To be published with Owl's Nest Publishers 2024
(image by Gal Barkan)