Still on the run from the Commission, and unsure who to trust, Penn and her friends seek out a hopeful ally in an acquaintance of her father's. And lingering questions about who was really buried at the Hollow, and who's truly the enemy make trusting anyone difficult.
But things are changing...
A viral video makes an appearance online, showing the raid that saved Penn's sister. This new proof of the Commission's true activities makes people angry enough to challenge the organization at every turn; it makes them start paying attention to the lies and the cover-ups. For the first time in months, hope seems to be a real thing again.
Then the sky turns pink. Jellyfish-like blobs return to their seats in the atmosphere, and Penn's instinct to protect the people around her draws her into the open in front of a Commission convoy. Now it's a race to make it to her father's contact before the Commission catches up, but once she's there, she may find that no sanctuary is safe anymore.
L. J. Hatton is a Texan, born and raised. She sometimes refers to the towns she’s lived in by the movies filmed in them, and if she wasn’t working as a professional pretender, she’d likely be holed up in a lab somewhere doing genetics research.
She is the author of The Celestine Series.
She also writes as Josin L. McQuein.