Recompense

by Michelle Isenhoff


Born into Capernica’s lowest social tier, Jack Holloway refuses to pour out her years in the local fish cannery. She gambles on the one chance available to advance—the high school Exit Exam. In a nation that still keenly remembers the horrors of the Provocation, the period of unexplained disappearances that led to political upheaval, the smartest and strongest are richly rewarded in exchange for military service. Jack is adamant that her friend Will strives for induction with her, but Will is tied to the sea. Meanwhile, a new string of abductions breaks out across the nation. Jack is asked to aid the investigation—as bait. The evidence leads back 47 years to a series of high-profile cover-ups linked to the Provocation, but nothing prepares her for the face that emerges from the lawlessness of the past. A startling tale where past and present intertwine, fusing at the point of revolution.


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Category: Science Fiction – Dystopian