Lauren Salem currently lives in Pennsylvania with her boyfriend, Brian, and her cat, Oswald George. She works for a user-experience consultancy as a research associate, compiling data and organizing spreadsheets about digital design trends. Reunion at Walnut Cherryville, a third-prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, is her first published novel. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, cooking, baking, and playing games.
The Cockit and Quinton families can live forever on the Sonoran Desert utopia of Walnut Cherryville, but not together. If one of them finds a sacred dagger, it can be used to eradicate the competition, allowing for a bloody end to the feud. Despite Johnny's efforts to resolve the feud peacefully, an underground group known as the Resistance plans to overthrow the Quinton government.
When four delinquent high school seniors are abducted two months before graduation, they are forced to work in a futuristic, desert produce factory and must plot a plan to escape before they lose the freedom to choose their own destiny.