The Expedition

(The Initiation Book #2)


An invigorating dystopian sequel that amply sets up the final book…” – Kirkus Reviews


Drayden and his friends thought nothing could be harder than the Initiation. Little did they know it had only been a warmup for the challenge that lay ahead.

With New America’s situation dire, Drayden and the pledges venture into the unexplored world beyond the walls, escorted by a team of elite Guardians. The group seeks to contact another civilization in what remains of Boston, but Drayden has secret goals of his own.

Dangers abound in the outside world, including Aeru, the deadly superbug that wiped out humanity. While they battle the elements of a desolate landscape, a power struggle emerges within their ranks. The Guardians seem to be carrying out a covert mission themselves, and the quest turns everything they thought they knew about New America upside down.

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About Chris

Hi, I’m Chris. I became addicted to fiction after devouring The Shining, under the covers with a flashlight, when I was eight. I also love physics, and have a math degree from MIT. I’ve been a violin teacher, a green belt in jiu-jitsu, and a terrible basketball player. For nineteen years, though, I worked as a bond trader on Wall Street, riding the subway to and from work every day. I’ve since swapped my suit and tie for pajama pants and slippers. I never write without my trusted assistant Buddy, a 130-pound Great Dane, who can usually be found on my lap. We split our time between New York City and the east end of Long Island, driving my wife Michelle and daughter Lily crazy with our omnipresence. I’ve always loved young adult books, particularly sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, and dystopian fiction. The Initiation, my debut novel, was published in Feb 2018 by Permuted Press. The Expedition, due out Dec 4th, 2018, is the sequel. The third and final installment is expected in Fall 2019.