In an alternative version of 1956, the Axis powers of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan are in power. Britain and the United States are puppet states, and the only territory that doesn't fly the swastika or the rising sun is the Soviet Union.
To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and the US, the Fuhrer and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents, and the victor is awarded an iron cross and an audience with the highly reclusive Fuhrer at the Victor's Ball.
Sixteen-year-old Zora, the daughter of Roma gypsies and a survivor of Auschwitz, has one goal: win the race and kill the Fuhrer. But as Zora begins to get closer to the other contestants, she can't bring herself to be cut-throat and callous. Will Zora win the race and complete her mission?
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"Wild and gorgeous, vivid and consuming. I loved it! I can't wait for the sequel."
—Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy
Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, SC with a severe case of wanderlust. When she's not traveling, she's busy photographing weddings, writing, and spending time with her husband and wolf-dog. She is the author of The Walled City, Wolf by Wolf, and Blood for Blood.