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In a parallel world, perhaps not so different from our own, a marble 'City of Enlightenment' has been built, claiming to have eliminated negative emotions from day-to-day life. But what the oblivious 'Whitehead' race - citizens of the City - do not realise is that such emotions have not been abolished; only obscured behind the City Wall. When ten-year-old Zulu accidentally steps into the other - secreted - half of her seemingly perfect world, she discovers a new existence, where the Blackhead race endure every negative emotion possible in order to ensure that the Whiteheads never learn of them. The slave force behind the Wall, working to keep the City functioning, is frightening and undeserving. But, as Zulu comes to learn, the truth almost always is... Cold White Marble tells the story of eight people from every status and corner of the City, thrown together by fate and by circumstance, but not by choice. Along with Zulu, these include Goldhead (and leader) Jufu Delani, Blackhead Savanyah and the fiery - but ultimately loathed - Brownhead, widely believed to be the lowest being in existence: Tai. Their individual views and opinions of each other, distorted by hatred and prejudice, are challenged in a way they have never been before, in an epic quest to find a better world for all of them... Cold White Marble is a gripping work of adult fiction that will be enjoyed by fans of science fiction. Many elements of the story reflect the western world we live in, challenging readers' perceptions of their own 'perfect city' and what secrets are hidden behind their walls.
Keturah Paice, music student, writer and singer/songwriter, now aged 17, began writing the 'Cold White Marble' trilogy nearly five years ago - a significant amount whilst hospitalised for a total of 16 months. Now a recovering schizophrenic, she wishes to share her experience of a parallel world in the form of a series of novels.
'It is hard to quantify just how good this debut novel from Keturah Paice is but it is simply stunning... This book deserves the success that The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies have had. The end of the first novel leaves you hungry for more and I can not wait to finish the adventure I have started with these characters. I urge anyone who likes fast paced, exciting adventure to pick up this book'