The following blurb was submitted for a contest, I'm trying to decide whether to use this one, or the old one as the description for the novel. Feedback would be great.
Boy meets girl, girl holds boy at knife point. It's an average meeting, I would think, when protection means survival. But sometimes too much protection works against you. Brick walls encased in steel, with an electric fence surrounding it, tends to put off most people, but not one as stubborn as Jared Benson. He's not perfect, he's immature, mouthy, and referred to as a 'sullen bastard.' Not the most lovable of descriptions, but hey, he never asked to be a white knight. Olivia, on the other hand, never asked for a knight at all. She'd rather this knight fell off his horse and was trampled by hooves, but alas, it's not meant to be.
Stubbornness clashes with defiance. Pursuit with retreat. Cement meet jackhammer, because Jared's made it his personal mission to get to the core of Olivia by any means necessary.
Surge is a story about forging out a life when there's seemingly nothing left. When the world around you crumbles, you have to pick up the rubble, piece by piece, and re-glue it to start anew. Sometimes the glue is through physical means, the ability of defending yourself to survive against the odds. And sometimes, it's through things that are less tangible, like love or trust.
Jared and Olivia are from opposite worlds. One where the monsters lurk out in the open, the other where the monsters hide in the shadows. Together, they heal from both physical and emotional scars, and find love in the unlikeliest of places. It's a journey with many ups and downs, twists and turns, laughs and cries, but when it comes to a close, you'll be begging them for an encore.