Two worlds. One glass wall. No turning back.
The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention. New drugs have the ability to alter humans, giving them the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid—but survival comes at a terrible price.
Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, training to protect her little piece of the world within the glass. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving.
When the fate of an outsider child falls into her hands, Nola dares to venture beyond the security of her home, diving into a world of darkness and vampires. Life within the glass didn’t prepare her for the realities of suffering or the depth of forbidden love.
When blood washes over the domes, Nola must choose between her home and her heart.
About the Author
2019 has led Megan on a new publishing journey, which will see thirteen projects released within the year, including the Girl of Glass series, The Tethering series, The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, and The Tale of Bryant Adams. To be the first to hear about new releases, free short stories, and giveaways, sign up for Megan's newsletter by visiting MeganORussell.com/newsletter.
Megan is a professional musical theatre performer whose work has taken her across North America. Her chronic wanderlust has led her from Alaska to Thailand and many places in between. Wanting to travel has fostered Megan's love of books that allow her to visit countless new worlds from her favorite reading nook. Megan is also a lyricist and playwright. Information on her theatrical works can be found at RussellCompositions.com.
She would be thrilled if you'd visit her website MeganORussell.com, elated to chat with you on Facebook @ORussellauthor or on Twitter @MeganORussell, and over the moon if you'd like the pictures of her adventures on Instagram @ORussellMegan.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I didn' t quite realize this was YA fiction until I got it as a free read, but it's well-written and fast-paced, so adults should enjoy it too. In this series, our environmental sins have created such a toxic world that some people live in Domes, trying to preserve seeds and plants, and normal humans, while the rest suffer on the outside, without enough food, unprotected from the dangerous air, soil and water. Drugs are being produced to try to help them survive, but with side effects that turn them into monsters familiar to everyone from the surge of popular vampire fiction that's everywhere. Nola, the main character, is trying to figure out her own path in life while still a teen and gets caught up in the conflict between the changed city folk and the protected humans. No spoilers here - I highly recommend you read this book. It's a good blend of emotion, coming of age angst, family, thoughfulness about how you save the world & the personal sacrifices required and the ethics of coping with environmental ruin.
Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite Girl of Glass by Megan O’Russell is a young adult dystopian novel about what it means to be human. Magnolia “Nola” Kent is a young woman who has lived in the Dome her entire life. When a riot on Charity Day gets out of hand, she meets an old flame named Kieran, who asks her for medication to save someone else’s life. As time goes on, she begins to realize just how different the world is, and desperately seeks help for the people outside. Before she knows it, she’s thrust into a world filled with drugs, poverty, and desperation. In this thrilling novel, Russell explores an apocalyptic world through the eyes of a girl who must find a way to bridge the gap between humans and monsters, all the while moving on from an uncertain life that knows nothing of sorrow. Personally, when I read about Jeremy, Kieran, and Nola, I thought it would be just another teenage love triangle that would go about resolving itself in an overly-dramatic way. I was happy to see that this was not the case. All three care about the future and humanity, and all three have their own way of going about it. Kieran would support the vampires in trying to find a way that humans can survive on the outside; Jeremy would take charge within the Dome through the Outer Guard; and Nola would be the bridge that connected the Dome and the outside world. Despite that, the reality of an apocalyptic nightmare shattered their expectations. Desperation and poverty run rampant, and it was only through the three sides that they were able to even begin to grasp just how dire things are. In some cases, I found the vampires even more humane than the very humans that have trapped themselves inside their ivory towers. Honestly, Charity Day was rather a brutal concept, taking pity on the suffering citizens on the outside while they enjoyed their luxurious lives from within. It’s a story rife with drama and politics, and one that I believe every reader will enjoy.
My new favorite author, Megan O'Russell has come up with a riveting story of a young girl caught between two loves and two worlds. The world inside the Dome almost stifles Nola, but is free from disease and danger, the other has become dangerous and desperate. Nola discovers her beloved friend, Kieran, out in that dangerous world and wants desperately to help him and those people he lives with who are trying to survive and cope with what the world has become. To do that would separate her forever from her Mother back in the Dome...and also that other love, Jeremy. On the brink of making a decision that will determine the course of her life...what will she do?