Author: Patrick Matthews.
Testing Day is supposed to be a day of celebration for Al Pilgrommor. Born into a wealthy family, he expects to follow in his successful father’s footsteps. Of course, that all depends on the rank number Al receives at the testing. The higher the rank he has tattooed onto his neck, the better his life will be. To his surprise and horror, Al is revealed to be rank zero, the lowest of the low. He’s now not only an outcast — he’s also a danger to his entire family. So Al goes on the run, fleeing the brutal Cullers, men who hunt down zeroes . . . and put them to death. Cast out of his home, cut off from his friends, and armed with only a sword and his wits, Al is reduced to just surviving. As he meets other outcasts, however, he begins to suspect that he is a pawn in a larger game — and that he might have the power to tip the scales in a high-stakes struggle between man and dragon.
Sexual content: Rank ones are not allowed to father children. Character wonders what it would be like to kiss a windrunner. Character finds out his parents planned to betroth him to a girl.
Violence: One dragon poisoned. Multiple dragons poisoned through the magic they drew from the first dragon. Character gets a tattoo twice. Character cuts a tracking device out of his arm. Character is tackled from behind and knocked down. Character is stabbed, but heals magically fast. Character has all the air sucked out of his lungs by a spell (he survives).