Ryan Matthews


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Release Day

Earth's surface is no longer ours.

Humans thought they were safe underground where the invading Arthropods couldn’t reach them. After centuries of occupation, the antiquated subterranean cities have deteriorated and they have exhausted their supplies. Making matters worse, the hostile invaders have destroyed one of the ten remaining cities. Now Huck, Ariadne, and Hemant are in a race to destroy the Arthropod Hive before the “inverts” completely annihilate humanity. But before the candidates can begin, they must survive their corrupt government’s population control scheme—a highly-fatal, barbaric event known as RELEASE DAY.

To accomplish their mission, they must enlist the help of a group of dubious transporters to trek across the planet through numerous biomes, infinite swarms of Arthropods, and deranged surface-dwelling humans on their perilous mission to recover a war-ending device and carry it to the creatures’ hive.

ISBN: 979-8986538808
Page Count: 397
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Adventure, Survival
First Publication: April 2022

Kano's Grasp

Underground isn’t as safe as we thought.

After a troublesome ocean crossing, Huck, Hemant, and Ariadne resume their perilous journey across the planet’s infested surface. The candidates' mission: Destroy the Hive, home of the invading aliens—the Arthropods. Upon reaching the Saharan Territory, they pressure the pompous leader of the local transporters to carry them across the sprawling terrain to Pod Kano, to obtain the weapon critical to the Hive’s destruction. As they travel, the “inverts” overtly target the convoy, increasing tensions and danger. When the candidates arrive at Kano, they find that Prime Minister Zabu viciously controls the city with an iron grip. With no intention of letting them leave, he forces them into servitude. On opposite sides of an igniting rebellion, they must keep the weapon out of the minister’s clutches and escape KANO’S GRASP.

The exciting adventure continues as the candidates meet new companions, battle unknown inverts, and encounter more demented surface-dwellers on their mission to annihilate the Arthropods before they wipe out humanity.

ISBN:  979-8986538822
Page Count: 397
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Adventure, Survival
First Publication: October 2022

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Ryan is an author and ESOL teacher. His debut series, The Release Day Saga, is a young adult dystopian sci-fi adventure. Release Day and its sequel, Kano's Grasp, are available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book. The third book will be out in Spring 2023.

When he's not writing or teaching, he plays the French horn, takes nature photos, studies foreign languages, plays video games, and reads sci-fi and fantasy. He hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and a Master’s Degree in Education. He lives in Tennessee with his wife, daughters, and his pets, Luna and Coda.

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