The Ivory Tower- a short story,
by Kirstin Pulioff
Genre: YA Dystopian
277 –the number sewn into Simone’s shirt. The number that dictates her life
at the protection camp. Regulated by a system of ringing bells, fortified cars, and
rations, the survivors are protected from residual contaminates on the other side of
Breaking the monotony of the highly structured camp, Simone and her friend skip
school to enjoy one of the last nice days of fall. An afternoon game leads them to a
new part of the forest, uncovering more than they expected. All thoughts of
protection and rules are shattered by the appearance of the ivory tower. A tower
riddled with a history of danger and death.
When her friend shows up with a bruised face and thinly veiled threats, Simone has
to decide how much she is willing to risk to find out the truth of the tower.
Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she
moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State
University with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives
in Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she’s not writing, she is busy with her
kids and church. This is Kirstin’s first venture into YA Dystopian, her other published work
includes a middle grade fantasy series.
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