Once a GEN (genetically engineered nonhuman) girl terrified of her first Assignment, Kayla is now a member of the Kinship, a secret organization of GENs, lowborns, and trueborns. Kayla travels on Kinship business, collecting information to further the cause of GEN freedom.
Despite Kayla’s relative freedom, she is still a slave to the trueborn ruling class. She rarely sees trueborn Devak, and any relationship between them is still strictly forbidden.
Kayla longs to be truly free, but other priorities have gotten in the way. A paradoxically deadly new virus has swept through GEN sectors — a disease only GENs catch. And GEN warrens and warehouses are being bombed, with only a scrawled clue: F.H.E. Freedom, Humanity, Equality.
With the virus and the bombings decimating the GEN community, freedom and love are put on the back burner as Kayla and her friends find a way to stop the killing... before it’s too late.
Karen Sandler is the author of 24 books for adults and teens. Her adult romance novels include the Pen Pal Sisterhood series and the Transcendent Love series. Her mystery series, Janelle Watkins Investigations, features a hard-edged heroine and gritty stories. Her young adult Tankborn Trilogy is multicultural science fiction with current day themes.
In addition to writing novels, Karen loves riding her beautiful Arab mare, Sashey La Fey (aka, Shey), and is an avid folk dancer. She lives in Northern California with her husband and dance partner, Gary, and two cats - pleasingly plump Tenka and formerly feral Zak.