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LGBTQ+ YA Dystopian Debut Explores What It Means To Live and Love


ST. PAUL, MN, June 14, 2021 – Flux, an imprint of North Star Editions, Inc. (NSE) is excited to announce the March 9, 2021 release of Fragile Remedy by Maria Ingrande Mora. Fragile Remedy is a young adult dystopian novel centered around Nate, a genetically engineered medical surrogate, who must choose to save himself or the life of the boy he loves.

More about Fragile Remedy:

He was made to die. Now he has reason to live.

Sixteen-year-old Nate is a GEM—a genetically engineered medical surrogate—created by the scientists of Gathos City as a cure for the elite from the fatal lung rot ravaging the population. As a child, he was smuggled out of the laboratory and into the Withers—a quarantined, lawless region. Nate manages to survive by fixing broken tech in exchange for food or a safe place to sleep. When he meets Reed, a kind and fiercely protective boy that makes his heart race, and his misfit gang of scavengers, Nate finds the family he’s always longed for—even if he can’t risk telling them what he is.

Fragile Remedy by Maria Ingrande Mora

Ages 14-18 / ISBN 978-63583-056-9 / $14.99 paperback original / 400 pages / Publication date: March 9, 2021

But Gathos created a genetic failsafe in their GEMs—a flaw in their DNA that causes their health to rapidly deteriorate as they age unless they are regularly dosed with medication. As Nate’s health declines, his hard-won freedom is put in jeopardy and he will be forced to choose between his own life or the life of the boy he loves?

Advanced Praise for Fragile Remedy

A 2021 Junior Library Guild Selection

“A boy-loves-boy dystopian fantasy for anyone needing a heartbreaking thrill. “—Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will respond to the warmth, caring, and romance between young people living on the very edge.”—Booklist

“Those seeking a vivid visit to the dystopian dark side can start here.”—School Library Journal

“Mora deftly explores the raw impulses of humans through a foreboding lens: when faced with unimaginable obstacles some manage to strive for connection, resistance, and even love, and it is in that clawing against defeat that the most heartbreaking and memorable stories lie.”—Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books 

About the author
Maria Ingrande Mora is the Content Director at award-winning digital marketing agency Big Sea. In her previous editorial role at SheKnows, she managed a team of writers and covered feminism, parenting, and health. Maria lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her two children, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. As a queer woman, she is passionate about representation in kidlit. Find out more at

For more information, author interviews, or review copies contact: Taylor Kohn,, 651-424-4626

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