Book excerpt from YA sci-fi novel Maia and the Secrets of Zagran by S.G. Basu

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Maia
and the Secrets of Zagran
by S. G. Basu today.

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Author
bio:

S. G. Basu is a telecommunications
engineer by profession, but she likes to call herself a dreamer. Imagination,
fueled by a voracious appetite for books, has been her steady friend since
childhood. She discovered her passion for writing quite by chance and there has
been no stopping her since then.
Find out more about the futuristic worlds she creates, the
characters that are real with their emotions and ambitions, successes and
failures, at www.sgbasu.com.
A little
bit about
Maia and the Secrets of Zagran:
Thirteen
year old Maia thinks she has seen it all. 

She has survived an assassination attempt, she has
been threatened by the chancellor, and she has faced off with saboteurs trying
to bring down a nation. She lets nothing get to her anymore-not the ominous
nightmares she has been having lately, not the fear of being targeted for
another soul extraction, not even the memories of her dead
mother's terrifying communique. 

More than ever, Maia wants the Initiative to
resume. She longs to visit Zagran-the undersea capital of the Jjord. She wants
to ride the underwater transport lines, learn about the Jjordic energy farms
and most of all-she wants to goof off with her friends. 

But, around the charming city of Zagran, evil is
gathering. Maia and her friends do not know it yet, the countdown to their
planned extinction has already begun.

Excerpt from Maia and the Secrets of Zagran:
Dani
walked up to the man next.
“You
will please wait on that side.” The man smiled at her, gesturing to a bench
along the wall behind him. “You will be boarding the fore, after everyone else
has been boarded. An escort will be here shortly to walk you over to your
seat.”
Dani
looked uncertainly at the bench. “Why do I have to wait there?” she asked. “I
would rather be here with my friends.”
The
expression on the man’s face changed from shock, to sudden comprehension, and
then to cold outrage.
“I
am sorry. You will not be boarding on the same section with your friends.” He
articulated the last part of the sentence with a chilly vehemence. “Your place
has been chosen, and you will be taken there at the appropriate time.”
“Why?”
Dani spat angrily.
“That is the rule. There are assigned
sections for everyone, and yours is different from theirs. You cannot travel
with them, not here in the settlements.”
We
are being separated based on our heritage.
For
a brief moment, Maia simply wanted to run away from the humiliation. To think
that the Jjord would treat them this way; they were one people not so long ago.
But of course they would. They had kept the Solianese away for a century, and
they intended to keep that segregation alive. Just because the Solianese
children were competing alongside the Jjord in the Initiative did not mean
their nations had turned into compatriots.
“You
can’t tell me whom I should travel with. That’s my choice,” Dani almost
shouted. Her face had turned a deep crimson, and her lips trembled as she
argued with the man. “Where I want to sit is my choice too.”
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