The Undercurrent

Now available in Australia and New Zealand (Text Publishing)

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Eighteen-year-old Julianne De Marchi is different. As in: she has an electrical undercurrent beneath her skin that stings and surges like a live wire. She can use it—to spark a fire, maybe even end a life—but she doesn’t understand what it is. And she can barely control it, especially when she’s anxious.

Ryan Walsh was on track for a stellar football career when his knee blew out. Now he’s  —part of an experimental privatised military unit that has identified Jules De Marchi as a threat. Is it because of the weird undercurrent she’s tried so hard to hide? Or because of her mother Angie’s history as an activist against bio-engineering and big business?

It’s no coincidence that Ryan and Jules are in the same place at the same time—he’s under orders to follow her, after all. But then an explosive attack on a city building by an unknown enemy throws them together in the most violent and unexpected way.

The characters are endearing and believable, the romance is meaningful without being saccharine and the plot races along with impeccable timing.

Paula Weston conjures a frighteningly believable vision of near-future Australia in this incredibly timely read.

Books + Publishing

This is an explosive action thriller with a superpowered heroine, layered and complex supporting characters, an awesome romance, a high-octane adventure, and basically everything I need to make me a deliciously happy reader.

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The Undercurrent

The Undercurrent is gripping and action-packed…Paula Weston has created an ambitious thriller that presents us with an alarming look at Australia’s near future and where our technological advances could be taking us. This is a novel full of twists and turns perfect for older teens. You won’t know who to trust until the very end.

Readings

Paula Weston raises the bar for an intelligent, page-turning speculative young adult thriller full of complex issues and wonderfully varied and sculpted characters worth caring about.

Kids’ Book Review

Big themes like bio-engineering, genetically modified food and what it does to small farmers trying to hold onto their land like Ryan’s parents and brother, and the power of big companies to manipulate the government, all get a fascinating treatment here, and the reader will be swept along questioning the role of government in addressing environment and economic threats. However it is the plot and the idea of an electric current zinging along in Jules body that makes it a stand-out read. This is a book that readers will want to finish in one sitting as I did. It is a fantastic stand-alone novel.

ReadPlus

A scary and plausible vision of the future, The Undercurrent is a high-voltage read recommended for older teen readers.

Children’s Book Council of Australia

The characters are engaging, the revelations are well-paced, and the action scenes are cinematic. It is perfectly pitched for its slightly older YA audience.

Aurealis #103

The Rephaim

Shadows (The Rephaim Book I) by Paula Weston
Haze (The Rephaim Book II) by Paula Weston
Shimmer (The Rephaim Book III) by Paula Weston
Burn (The Rephaim Book IV) by Paula Weston

About Me

I’m the author of the Rephaim series. The Undercurrent, a stand-alone speculative thriller set in near-future Australia, will be released by Text Publishing in August 2017.

For my day job, I’m a writer-journalist-professional communicator, where my writing involves a lot less profanity.

I grew up in regional South Australia and now live in Brisbane with my husband.

If you’re interested in how I came to land a publishing deal, you can read the short version in this post from August 2011. There’s a longer version (in a guest post) here.

Paula Weston