IMMUREMENT | Excerpt & Giveaway


by Norma Hinkens


I slither backward into the Crematauto, and twist my head around to peek through the half-open drivers door. The third guard is kneeling behind the checkpoint, gun trained on the back of the Crematauto, waiting for us to emerge. I weigh my odds. Its an awkward shot, straining from a semi-prone position, wedged sideways between the seats. I count to three and take it anyway.

The Schutz Clone quivers for a second and then topples to the ground. I swallow hard. There wasnt a better option than to take him out, but it doesnt change how I feel inside, like Im icing over. I exhale slowly, and then flick the switch on my gun to safety.

“Quick!” Sven reaches a hand into the Crematauto to pull me out. “He called for backup. We gotta go.”

I shove Tucker out of the vehicle first, then place my hand in Svens. A shiver runs up my arm when his huge hand closes over mine. So different to Jakob’s touch.

“Why cant we take the Crematauto?” I ask.

“Once the Sweepers pinpoint the tracker on it, theyll implode it,” Sven replies.

Mason drags Rummy out next, and tosses him over his shoulder. Sven pokes Lyong in the ribs with his M16. “Out!

The doctor mutters something unintelligible and scoots himself forward a few inches. Sven grabs him by the scruff of the neck and hauls him out. I wish we could leave him behind, but we might need him as collateral.

“Which way?” I ask, glancing in both directions.

Sven motions in front of him with his weapon. He moves off down the corridor, hauling the disgruntled doctor after him with his free hand. Mason falls in behind, Rummy draped across his shoulders. I take up the rear, glancing behind me every few feet. At least my hands are free so one of us can get a round off quickly if we come under attack. Masons at a huge disadvantage with Rummys dead weight on his shoulders. Reluctantly, I send Tucker up to flank him. If nothing else, he can alert him to any ambush from a side tunnel.

Alone with my dark thoughts, I question what Ive done. The stench of death is on me now, and nothing will ever be the same.

Clone killer.

The crushing words sear my conscience. Ive taken a life, no matter how I define that life, or how many units that life was destined to be.

The dimly lit tunnel stretches out in front like a black hole winding its way to the earths core. Theres no sign of movement up ahead, but Im afraid even to blink in case the Schutz Clones attack. Ive been counting on Tucker to forewarn us, but Im still not sure clones have a scent he can pick up on.

I open my mouth to ask Mason about it. Its the last thought I have before a calloused hand closes over my lips.



GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award for fiction

WINNER of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Young Adult fiction


The Sweepers are coming. They hunt the young. Earth's end is her beginning.

Sixteen-year-old Derry and her brother live in perpetual fear of capture. They survive underground on a scorched earth overrun by gangs, clones, and mysterious hoverships. When her brother goes missing, Derrys only hope of finding him is to strike a deal with a group of cutthroat subversives. Desperate to save her brother, she leads a daring raid to uncover the secrets behind the Sweepershoverships, but she soon finds out the world she knows is a lie.

Keeping her brother alive may require trusting her enemy and opening her heart to something she never thought possible.


Immurement is the first book in The Undergrounders Series, a sci-fi dystopian thriller trilogy. If you like captivating apocalyptic tales, gritty complex heroines, and twists you wont see coming, then youll love this fast-paced, end-of-the-world adventure!





Award-winning Indie author Norma Hinkens writes Pretty Gritty YA at a pace that will leave you slack-jawed! A self-professed travel junkie, legend lover, idea wrangler, Norma grew up among rich storytelling traditions in her native Ireland, land of make-believe and the original little green man. After abandoning globetrotting as a career choice, she settled in California and began scribbling down the yarns that have been brewing in her head for years. In her spare time she retreats to rural Idaho to hike, bike and boat, but mostly to eavesdrop on mountain men and prepare for the apocalypse. If you like dystopian sagas, gritty heroines, and twists you wont see coming, then youll love her turbo-paced thrill-rides!


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