Forbidden Alliance – leadership, loyalty and the greater good

In the second book in the Blueprint trilogy, Katrina Mountfort revisits the dystopian future where even life in the freedom of the villages, outside the oppressive Citidomes, is far from perfect.

DARTFORD, KENT – 23 March 2015 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce that they have signed scientist and medical writer Katrina Mountfort for Forbidden Alliance the second book in her Blueprint trilogy, following the success of the trilogy’s first book Future Perfect published by Elsewhen Press last year. In the future world of the Blueprint trilogy, men and women are almost identical, and personal relationships are forbidden. In Forbidden Alliance, more than sixteen years have passed since the events of Future Perfect in which Caia and Mac, now renamed Cathy and Michael, fled their oppressive lives, although the plight of those who remain in the Citidomes is still never far from their minds.

Cathy and Michael have three children and Citidome life is a distant memory. But for Cathy, village life is no longer idyllic. While Michael is famed as the leader of the Alliance of Outside Communities, she is left literally holding the baby. When a chance arises for her to fulfil her potential, will she make the right choices? Michael, however, is too preoccupied to notice Cathy’s personal struggles. Heightened security in the Citidomes has resulted in fewer escapees, a shortage of young farmers and a depleted gene pool in the village. While Michael unveils his most audacious plan yet to liberate rebels from the Citidomes, will his devotion to the cause cost him the love of his wife and daughter? And will his plan endanger his life, as well as those of his allies?

Forbidden Alliance is also the story of Cathy and Michael’s sixteen year-old daughter Joy. Fiercely intelligent but with limited career options, she fights against the future her father has planned for her: marriage to village boy Matt. Forbidden from seeing Harry, the nomadic canal-dwelling boy she has loved since childhood, she finds friendship from an unexpected source: BodyPerfect ex-citizen Ryan, whose perfect Citidome looks are considered far from perfect in the outside world. And her illusions about life in the Citidomes are about to be shattered.

In addition to the issues explored in Future Perfect, Forbidden Alliance poses additional questions, including those of leadership, family loyalties and whether it is possible to justify the sacrifice of human lives for the greater good.

Forbidden Alliance will be published later this year by Elsewhen Press in both digital and print editions.

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About Katrina Mountfort

Katrina MountfortKatrina Mountfort was born in Leeds. After a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Food Science, she started work as a scientist. Since then, she’s had a varied career. Her philosophy of life is that we only regret the things we don’t try, and she’s been a homeopath, performed forensic science research and currently works as a freelance medical writer. She now lives in Saffron Walden with her husband and two dogs. When she hit forty, she decided it was time to fulfil her childhood dream of writing a novel. Future Perfect, the first book in the Blueprint trilogy, was her debut novel.