This Star Shall Abide by Sylvia Engdahl
Series: Children of the Star, Book 1.
Approx. 79,210 words.
Published on April 5, 2010 by
Ad Stellae Books.
Noren knew that his world was not as it should be—it was wrong that only the Scholars and Technicians could use metal and Machines. It was wrong that only they had access to the knowledge hidden in the mysterious City. He was a heretic. He defied the High Law and had no faith in the Prophecy’s promised fulfillment. But was defiance enough, or could some way be found to make it come true?