A teen girl on a quest to find her long-lost mother finds herself on a journey of self-discovery in Kristy Dallas Alley's moving YA debut, The Ballad of Ami Miles.
Raised in isolation at Heavenly Shepherd, her family’s trailer-dealership-turned-survival compound, Ami Miles knows that she was lucky to be born into a place of safety after the old world ended and the chaos began. But when her grandfather brings home a cold-eyed stranger, she realizes that her “destiny” as one of the few females capable of still bearing children isn’t something she’s ready to face.
With the help of one of her aunts, she flees the only life she’s ever known and sets off on a quest to find her long-lost mother (and hopefully a mate of her own choosing). But as she journeys, Ami discovers many new things about the world...and about herself.
I’d like to think that if I’d been home, they would have told me he was coming. Or that they didn’t know he was coming and that’s why I didn’t know either. I’d like to believe that my family wouldn’t ambush me like that,...
Praise for The Ballad of Ami Miles
"The first-person narrative gives the reader vivid images of a world struggling to start over, and weighs the risks of individuality against the benefits of a secure community....This is optimistic post-apocalyptic fiction." --Booklist
"Alley takes on a number of complex topics, including individual freedom, women’s rights, sexual identity, and racism... intriguing take on themes reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale." --School Library Journal