Free Kindle download from May 22nd to May 25
When Yosef, a motherless sixteen-year-old, escapes a carpet looming factory with ten-year-old Daud─ leaving his troubled childhood behind─he has no idea he would be thrown into the dangerous streets of Lahore, Pakistan, to fight a merciless enemy. With growing concerns over street urchins disappearing at an alarming rate, Jugni─a transgender teenager who acts as a guardian to many runaways─rescues Yosef from a rival gang and an unparalleled bond between them develops. With one hundred children, including Daud, vanished and the police grappling with the tragic crime, Yosef knows there won’t be swift justice for his kind. Filled with rage for losing Daud and the law not on their side, Yosef and Jugni embark on a terrifying journey to find the man responsible for the disappearances of the one hundred boys.
This Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award quarterfinalist, based on a true story, takes readers deep into the historic streets of Lahore, Pakistan. It is a gripping tale of rage and betrayal, where friendship and loyalty overcome incredible odds. Its dark and complicated characters depict a modern-day story in a most realistic setting. As intense as it is affectionate, The One Hundred is truly a thrilling debut.
Having been a lifelong fan of literary and genre fiction, Zia Ahmad became a writer when a random news story on the internet exposed him to the tragedy, hopelessness, and the harsh existence of the most vulnerable amongst us, the runaway street children. What started out as the scattered pile of news clips on his coffee table as research material, slowly turned into Yosef, Daud and Jugni, the characters of his book The One Hundred, their journey into life, their resolve to survive, and ability to battle a monster.
Highly praised for its character depiction and storytelling, The One Hundred was 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award quarterfinalist.
Born and raised in the historical city of Lahore, where the story takes place, Zia Ahmad presently lives in Canada and continues to write.