EXILE

By Lisa M. Bradley

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“Taut and fast-paced, Exile sets you down in a chemical disaster zone that has become a petri dish for violence, sex, and sublimated dreams. Bradley’s characters struggle to define consent in a town where survival demands acquiescence and government interdiction kills hope. Sharp, smart and provocative, Exile grabs you from the first page and never lets go.”

– Sabrina Vourvoulias, author of Ink



Twenty years ago, a toxic spill in the small, southwest Texas town of Exile poisoned residents with permanent rage. The feds’ response? Quarantine. Only residents who pass the feds’ 4-S test can escape Exile’s heavily fortified borders. Heidi Palermo, unwilling medic to her family of bloodthirsty street warriors, has taken the test repeatedly, trying to prove she’s smart, strong, sterile, and sane. Three out of four ain't bad, but the feds don’t grade on a curve.


When her abusive brother dies in battle, Heidi turns her clinical eye to his killer. An Outsider who arrived post-spill, Tank seems open to Heidi's advances. Is Tank her ticket out of Exile? Before she can find out, the two are besieged by her vengeful family. Heidi must keep their blood feud from triggering a war with the feds if she wants to escape Exile. But Tank’s about as trusting as Heidi is monogamous—which is to say, not at all. So Heidi's picked the wrong mark, her family is gunning for her, and the feds are itching to nuke Exile once and for all. Heidi's got her fourth S now: Screwed.

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“Taut and fast-paced, Exile sets you down in a chemical disaster zone that has become a petri dish for violence, sex, and sublimated dreams. Bradley’s characters struggle to define consent in a town where survival demands acquiescence and government interdiction kills hope. Sharp, smart and provocative, Exile grabs you from the first page and never lets go.”


– Sabrina Vourvoulias, author of Ink





“Exile is a thrilling adventure that snags the reader on page one and never lets up. Bradley offers sharp examinations of how our society forces marginalized people further into the margins, and the community and complex relationships within Exile are as gripping as the action sequences. Heidi is a fascinating narrator whose flaws and strengths are equally compelling. I’ve never read anything quite like this, and I loved every moment of it!”


– Julia Rios, editor, Fireside Magazine





“Brutal and sensual in equal measure, Lisa M. Bradley’s debut novel Exile offers a tightly paced near-future speculative story that had me on the edge of my seat. With elements of horror, the post-apocalyptic, and science fiction, this novel set twenty years after a chemical disaster shows street warfare with visceral intensity. Heidi tries to get away from her quarantined town and her abusive family, while everyone hides grim secrets. The living, breathing characters and snappy dialog make the intense violence feel eerily plausible, and the plot doesn’t let up until the final twist of the knife. Can I get a sequel?”


– Bogi Takács, Lambda award winner, Hugo and Locus award finalist





A hard-bitten and fast-paced dystopian adventure that will keep readers up all night, twitching and watching the skies.”


– Meg Elison, Philip K. Dick Award winner




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