Today Melissa West and Entangled Teen are excited to reveal the cover for
Collide, the thrilling conclusion to The Taking series releasing in December
2,2014! Check out the gorgeous cover, exclusive excerpt, and ENTER TO WIN an
About the book:
Collide by Melissa West (The Taking #3)
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication date: December 2, 2014
Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing
world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson—the only boy she’s
ever let herself care about—to get to her, Ari has no choice but
to surrender. To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train
others to fight.
What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to
heal by turning the fighters into aliens—half-breeds like her. If she succeeds,
together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she
fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever.
Once again, everything Ari’ s come to believe is thrown into question. In a world
of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be
trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for
the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.
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I feel as though someone has pinched my mind, shaken my brain around,
and asked it to work again. I try to open my eyes, but they’ re heavy and clouded
and I begin to worry that maybe they are open. I just can’ t see.
I flinch at the sound, so close to my ear, yet far away. Or maybe it’ s my
understanding that’ s far.
“Ari. We’ re out of time. Wake up!”
My mind flashes into focus, but I don’ t open my eyes. I can feel, sense,
everything around me. The beeping sounds that alternate in succession. The
breathing in and out of the person beside me, yet I can’ t make out who the
person is. Even if it’ s a he or she. But what I can sense is danger, danger so
intense that the hairs on my arms are at full attention and the xylem in my body
has sparked, causing me to instantly want the person beside me dead. If he or
she—it—is dead then I am free to escape, even if I have no idea what or who I
am escaping from.
“Fine. Just call this payback.”
I have one second to realize that the person is Cybil, before a gut
wrenching pain slices through my left arm. My eyes snap open and she’ s in front
of me, so pale and rattled that she looks like a ghost of herself. I glance down at
my arm to see that Cybil ripped out my IV and is now holding it in her hand like a
“I warned you. Look. This likely triggered an alarm. We have to get out of
here. Right now.”
I try to nod, but my body is sluggish and I’ m not sure that I’ ve moved at
all. Cybil loops her arm under my back to help me sit up, and instantly the room
begins to move in and out of focus. “What happened to me?”
“They happened. Now move.”
I start to climb off the table I’ m on, when Cybil’ s eyes round out and
her body begins to quake. “Cybil? What is it?” I reach out for her, just as her
body collapses to the ground and a metal door behind her slides open. Two
men dressed in thick white suits rush in, followed by a shorter man. A man I
“Hello, Ari. Nice to see you awake,” Kelvin says. Kelvin Lancaster. I
remember him from the talks with Earth, how he seemed to be in control, how
everyone around him acted uneasy in his presence. Like he was more enemy
than friend. I start to respond to him, when I feel a sharp pinch in my arm. I look
up to see another white-suited person behind me, syringe in hand. I try to push
the person away. I try to open my mouth to scream. But suddenly my lips feel
tingly, my arms limp. I focus back on Kelvin, on the grin on his face, and then the
world around me disappears, and I’ m once again alone in the darkness.
Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen
and Embrace and Penguin/Intermix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her
husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or
fueling her coffee addiction. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic
Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.
Connect with Melissa at www.melissawestauthor.com or on Twitter @MB_West.
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1 eARC of Collide
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