Widow, single mother, and Army veteran Jennifer “River” Petersen works as a truck driver in Energy Territory No. 1, formerly known as North Dakota. Forced to enlist after her father’s death, the lines of River’s life have been redrawn, much like the United States’ map has changed. Living in a motel room with nothing but her books and a Glock handgun for company, River is weeks away from returning home when an injured man standing in the middle of the highway upends her plans.
From the moment he encounters River, Finn Cunningham knows he must conceal his identity or be left for dead. His deception draws them into a megalomaniac’s deadly conspiracy to ignite a civil war and overthrow the government. If River and Finn want to survive, they’ll have to learn to trust one another and themselves.
Perfect for readers who loved Station Eleven, California, and Gold Fame Citrus, 48 States is a one-of-a-kind dystopian thriller about the dangers of extremism and the power of love and forgiveness.
48 States named a quarterfinalist in the 2023 BookLife Prize
“48 States is an explosive thriller, brimming with high stakes and riveting suspense from the start, particularly in the author’s believable premise of a new America struggling to get a foothold following a ruthless assassination. Between the exquisite worldbuilding and twisty storyline, readers will be equally stunned and intrigued by the novel’s events.”
48 States named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Indie Books of 2022!
“An adept and chilling cautionary tale – the narrative equivalent of brass-knuckles to the skull.”
“I loved it…a great read and well presented. I thought the characters were passionate and deep, and the pace of the novel kept me paying attention right up until the final scenes. Well done!”
David Callaway, former Editor-in-Chief, USA Today