Parched by Georgia Clark

Robots, renewable resources, and romance get tangled together in this thrilling futuristic adventure novel about a utopian city struggling to keep its peace. 

A gutsy teen living on an arid, depleted Earth two centuries in the future faces danger and shocking revelations when she covertly joins a subversive group.

Sixteen-year-old Tess lived in Eden, a seemingly idyllic, domed city where access to information and water is regulated by the governing Trust. After a rogue robot killed her scientist mother, Tess fled with a terrible secret to the desperate, arid Badlands, where she’s recruited by Kudzu, explained to her as a “nonviolent collective working to undermine the Trust and free the Badlands.” Learning Kudzu plans to destroy Aevum, the Trust’s latest advanced robot, Tess reluctantly returns to Eden, where she finds the luxurious life morally unconscionable and secretly trains with Kudzu. Living with her uncle, who’s involved with Aevum, Tess is strangely attracted to his sympathetic assistant, Hunter. During a Kudzu raid on the Trust’s lab, Tess discovers that Aevum will be used to eradicate all inhabitants of the Badlands—and that Hunter’s not what he seems to be. 

Tess’ first-person, present-tense voice lends chilling immediacy to her no-nonsense story of mixed loyalty, disturbing secrets, and ethical dilemmas associated with diminishing natural resources and scientific experimentation. Bold futurist adventure with unusual romance, riveting action and ominous ecological red flags.
— Kirkus Reviews
Clark builds a world with a good balance of the familiar and the fantastic...readers who eagerly followed the rebellions against Panem’s Capitol and Divergent’s Erudites will root for Tess and her Kudzu Allies.
— School Library Journal
Comparisons to Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games (2008) and Veronica Roth’s Divergent (2011) are inevitable, but Clark successfully shakes them off thanks to Tessendra’s tenacious likability and the detailed world, a chilling future of cruel economic disparity in an atmosphere of total environmental ruin.
— Booklist

Parched Reader Reviews

Erogan, 13, said he finished Parched “under the covers with a flashlight” over at Teens Know Best. (Best review ever)

LOVE this review from Incredibly Bodhi Book Reviews! Five stars: “This is one of the best dystopians I have ever read.” Radical wheels!

Parched was a Staff Pick at Greenlight Bookstore in BK: “it’s a book whose extreme readability belies some serious ideas just beneath the surface.”

“After I finished reading Parched, all I could think was “wow.” Parched blows Literally Jen‘s mind.

Ashely at Teen Reads found Parched “irresistible”: “If you love a good action story with romance and a sense of brimming sassiness and adventure, PARCHED is a perfect read for you.”

Crystal at Toronto Public Library said the plot twists blindsided her. Blammo!

I Read To Relax said “I was hooked on this book from page one!”

Julianne from The Concord Carlisle Young Adult Galley thinks “if you like futuristic adventure romances, I absolutely recommend this one.” Neat!

Love this review from Caught In A Snyder Webb: “Parched was dynamic, mind boggling, and just outright good.”

Nice review over at Charlotte’s Library: “an excellent newcomer to the field of YA dystopias”

Neat little review over at Semicolon called Parched ‘eerily prescient’.

Bibliophile Support Group compared plucky Tess to Jack Bauer. Nice.

Four stars for Parched at Katy’s Krazy Books: “I just kept wanting to read and read and read!”

Jacky, 19, gave it 4 stars, at Greene Teens Books: “better than most”. I’ll take it!

Typical Distractions thinks I did a “great job of developing a new world.” Aw, thanks!

Lots of five-star reviews over at Amazon!

Here’s what the gang at Goodreads had to say about Parched!


For Librarians, Teachers & Press

Downloadable goodies! 

1. Author Bio

2. A discussion guide

3.  The press release

4. A parched_q&a  


Parched launch at Word, Brooklyn


Parched Interviews, Articles & Guest Posts

A letter to my teen self at Dear Teen Me. Embarrassing photos will ensue.

I penned a letter to Gotham Writers Workshop students, about my positive experience workshopping Parched there.

Some of my thoughts how how to tackle your first novel, published at The Muse.

I dish on my five favorite adventure novels to Steph Bowe.

Could you survive a YA dystopia? Find out at Teen Reads!

Lady memoirs I’m loving from Caitlin Moran, Lena Dunham and Cheryl Strayed at Colorimetry.

Guest post at Colorimetry about my love for improv, and how it helps my writing.

I answered Ten Terrifying Questions for Australia’s Booktopia, and found out they weren’t terrifying at all!

Five things I love about dystopian fiction over at The Book Fairy’s Haven.

Four Reasons to Read Parched, over at Fangirlish.

My dream cast for Tess, at Lilac Reviews. (Hint: first name Chloe…)

And my dream cast for  spunky Hunter, only at Wishful Endings!! (He’s an Aussie!)

Indepth interview at Reap Mediazine (I only wished it wasn’t transcribed 100% verbatim cuz I say ‘I guess’ and ‘sort of’ waaayyy too many times).

Talking research at Mythical Books as part of the Prism Sci-Fi tour.

I tell The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia about the last book I couldn’t put down and what I wish I was good at (hint: it involves food).

Cute interview with the Cozy Reading Corner.

Some writing tips and insight into my process at Beck Valley Books.

Find out what’s on my bucket list over at I Read To Relax

I confess my love for Pippi Longstocking over Fire & Ice.

Here’s an interview with YA Book Nerd, as part of Parched‘s first blog tour (thanks to @fangirlishness and @MundieGirlTours)

A guest at The Book Cellar waxing lyrical about my fave YA reads.

My recommended YA reads, as told to 100 Pages a Day.

Introduction to the world of Parched, at I Am A Reader.

A little ditty on all the new technologies I created for Parched over at Hope To Read.

Interview with Kelly P’s Blog about what makes me write.

Nice lil’ chat with Sarity Halomi about what drives me crazy about the publishing industry.

Inspiration chat with The Written Adventure: on Tess, on future worlds, on other writers.

Book marketing tips and tricks can be found on my blog!