Only here is mankind free

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Dove Arising by Karen Bao
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The Book

Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She’s barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22, lets her best friend talk for her, and stays off the government’s radar.

Then her mother is arrested.

The only way to save her younger siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the faceless army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by desperate Earth-dwellers. Training is brutal, but it’s where Phaet forms an uneasy but meaningful alliance with the preternaturally accomplished Wes, a fellow outsider.

Rank high, save her siblings, free her mom: that’s the plan. Until Phaet’s logically ordered world begins to crumble...

Suspenseful, intelligent, and hauntingly prescient, Dove Arising stands on the shoulders of our greatest tales of the future to tell a story that is all too relevant today.

Dove Arising by Karen Bao

The Book

Phaet Theta is a fugitive.

Hiding in plain sight with her friend Wes’s family on the drowned planet Earth, Phaet discovers the rugged beauty of the world her ancestors once called home. All her life, she’s been taught to fear the “Earthbound,” and their generosity and kindness surprise and touch Phaet.

But when the Lunar Bases attack Wes’s isolated village, Phaet’s past catches up with her, and she’s forced to choose: stay on Earth and fight beside the boy she’s falling for, or stow away on a Moon-bound ship so she can save her brother and sister from the government that killed their mother.

This thrilling sequel to Dove Arising plunges readers deeper into this complex and haunting world where freedom comes at a chilling price.

"Karen Bao is an incredibly talented young writer. Beautiful prose and one of the most interesting main characters I've read. Dove Arising marks the debut of a promising new talent. I loved the story, and I can't wait to read more!"

— Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of Eragon

"Characters are well developed, especially strong-willed Phaet, and an even pace will keep teens turning pages. Fans of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, Veronica Roth's Divergent and Marie Lu's Legend should flock to this well-written debut effort by 19-year-old Bao."

School Library Journal

"Until just recently, the number of formidable young adult authors who got published before they were out of their teens was extremely small: Christopher Paolini and Isamu Fukui. Well, it is time to make room for a third name in this elite list: Karen Bao."


The Author

Karen Bao is a writer, musician, and aspiring ecologist. She's three years older than her brother and sixty years younger than her violin. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, she currently studies environmental biology at college in New York City. Karen began writing Dove Arising at the age of seventeen.

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The Lunar Colonies

A Beacon of Humanity for the Glory of Science

What can you expect from your time on the lunar colonies?


Our militia not only keeps order— they also keep you safe from Earthboud attacks.

Life Essentials

Each base has its own department needed for subsistence, from Agriculture, where food is grown, to Culinary, where it’s prepared, to Market, where it’s sold. Law, Defense, Sanitation, Recreation— you’ll find everything you could want in one location.

Community Connection

Upon your arrival, we will install your handscreen, through wich you can digitally interact with other Lunar citizens. Your government will be just a notification away!


Jobs are available in each Department. Enlist in Militiea, program in InfoTech, sanitize the base, or carry out scientific research in one of dozens of labs.

National Anthem

"Luna, Luna,
Once a sphere on high
Now our home in the sky
Survive and prosper
Take the bounty
Nature offers.
Oh, the Earthbound below
The truth they’ll
Never know.
Silver mountains,
Blackest seas –
Only here
is mankind free."