"When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire"--
Holed up in their missing neighbors' cabin in a Montana blizzard, Zoe and her little brother are rescued from an intruder by X, a bounty hunter sent from the Lowlands to claim the souls of evil men. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but breaks the rules for Zoe. Together they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future.
"X is determined to break the lords' hold on him once and for all, but being stripped of his power pushes him toward a darkness he's never experienced and a past he's never known. The secrets that surface could be the key to reuniting X and Zoe ... or they could mean the destruction of everything they have been fighting for"--
When fifteen-year-old Rick's mother finally leaves for good, Ricki's absentee father steps in, taking Ricki with him as he chases bail "skips" across the country, but their fledgling relationship is tested as they pursue attractive, manipulative, seventeen-year-old Ian Burnham.
In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.