The Jewel of Veenah
Connie Peck, author
Kia has waited for this moment for most of her life, her bonding ceremony with her four best friends which will unite them as sisters for life. But at the height of the beautiful ceremony, her village is attacked and destroyed. One sister is lost, another critically injured, and likely no others survived the blast. Her only hope is to lead her small family across the badlands in search of a mythical jewel of promise; a legend hardly anyone believes anymore. She must force herself to trust, and convince her sisters to follow. She knows the Great Creator, Veenah, has sent the message. Now she only needs to survive the horrors of the badlands and fight off the hideous aliens which have consumed her home and world. If she and her beloved sisters find the Jewel, the prophecy promises freedom.