Astrid Scholte, author of Four Dead Queens, brings fans a thrilling new standalone YA where the dead can be revived...for a price.Tempest is a talented diver and with her older sister Elyssea, she has explored the ruins of many cities on the ocean floor, searching for anything of value to sell in the salt crusted markets on Zenith Reef. However, after Elyssea mysteriously drowns, Tempest is forced to dive and scavenge alone, barely scraping by. But when she finds a real living green plant at her dive site, an item so rare it is almost priceless, she finally has the money to have all her questions answered--by her dead sister.For the price of 3,000 notes, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the departed for 24 hours before returning them to death. It is a time for the dead to make peace with the past and let the living move forward. Strong-willed Elyssea has other plans. Convincing Tempest to break her out of the facility, they embark on a dangerous adventure to find out the truth about their supposedly deceased parents, the secret behind the revival process, and the true price for restored life. von Scholte, Astrid
Raised on a diet of Spielberg, Lucas and Disney, Astrid Scholte knew she wanted to be surrounded by all things fantastical from a young age. She's spent the last ten years working in film, animation and television as both an artist and manager. Career highlights include working on James Cameron's Avatar, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin and George Miller's Happy Feet Two. She's a visual writer and aims to capture the vivid stories that play like movies in her head. When she's not writing, she's painting her favorite fictional characters and obliging her furry overlords, Lilo and Mickey. Four Dead Queens is her debut novel.