By Joseph Bruchac
Years ago, seventeen-year-old Apache hunter Lozen and her family lived in a world of haves and have-nots. There were the Ones—people so augmented with technology and genetic enhancements that they were barely human—and there was everyone else who served them.
Then the Cloud came, and everything changed. Tech stopped working. The world plunged back into a new steam age. The Ones’ pets—genetically engineered monsters—turned on them and are now loose on the world.
Lozen was not one of the lucky ones pre-C, but fate has given her a unique set of survival skills and magical abilities. She hunts monsters for the Ones who survived the apocalyptic events of the Cloud, which ensures the safety of her kidnapped family. But with every monster she takes down, Lozen’s powers grow, and she connects those powers to an ancient legend of her people. It soon becomes clear to Lozen that she is not just a hired gun.
As the legendary Killer of Enemies was in the ancient days of the Apache people, Lozen is meant to be a more than a hunter. Lozen is meant to be a hero.
Read three chapters of Killer of Enemies online here.
Author's Note: Lozen Facts and Fiction
Resources and Kid Lit About American Indians
Booktalk with author Joseph Bruchac
Wilderness Survival with Joseph Bruchac
2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award: Young Adult
American Indian Library Association
2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers: Top 10 List
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Childrenâs Literature Finalist
- Interest Level
- Grades 7 - 12
- Reading Level
- Grades 6 - 12
- Breaking Gender Barriers, Conflict resolution, Coping with Death, Environment/Nature, Family Traditions, Friendship, Heroism, Native American Interest, Overcoming Obstacles, Self Esteem/Identity, YA interest, Poverty, Scifi, Dystopia
Joseph Bruchac is an Abenaki Indian. He is among the most respected and widely published Native American authors, with over 100 titles in print, including the popular KEEPERS OF THE EARTH series and Lee & Low's Crazy Horse's Vision, which received a starred review from KIRKUS REVIEWS. His YA novel, Wolf Mark, is a Westchester Young Adult Fiction Award winner. A Rockefeller Fellow and an NEA Poetry Writing Fellow, he was the 1999 recipient of the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to writing, Bruchac is an editor at Greenfield Review Press, a literary publishing house he co-founded with his wife. He lives in Greenfield Center, New York. To find out more about Joseph Bruchac, visit josephbruchac.com