It Takes Death to Reach a Star
by Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington
Fighting over oil, power, and religion, world leaders ignored the rise of an antibacterial-resistant plague. Nine billion died. One city survived, Etyom, a hellhole engulfed in endless conflict. Two groups emerged from the ashes of the old world. Within the walled city of Etyom are the Robusts, descendants of the poor who were immune to the New Black Death. Above them, in a metropolis of pristine platforms, live the Graciles, the progeny of the superrich, bio-engineered to resist the plague. Mila is a Robust who is forced to take a high-risk job for a clandestine organization hell-bent on revolution. Demitri is a Gracile with a dark secret that, if discovered, will get him Ax’d. Thrust together amid a sinister plot that threatens them all, Mila and Demitri must master their demons and make a choice—one that will either salvage what’s left of the human race or doom it to extinction.