TO BE PUBLISHED IN 2018
Fortuna Noble, the sixteen-year-old daughter of a refugee, displaced by the asteroid crashes of 2036, hated being treated like she was nothing more than a maintenance robot. She tolerated being invisible to the Dominators, whose land they had settled on. But when hundreds of other Displaced children suddenly went missing, and the Dominators took no notice, she was forced to face the fact that she too could be one of The Hunted. If she was to live, she had to discover who was stalking The Displaced–and why.
The after-shocks left by the asteroid crashes included earthquakes, tsunamis, ash and fire storms. Fifty years later, the Dominator superpowers were still recovering, forcing the Displaced to survive in settlement camps, with little hope of ever restoring their old ways of life. It wasn’t until Fortuna’s Papa disappeared that she realized a bigger threat, ready to invade all their lives, was out there and it all tied back to her shape-shifting necklace. Alone, she set out to find the other-worldly terrorists, keeping a low profile, and learning the hard way where not to go.
While searching for the Hunters, she befriended four unlikely allies from her future, who convinced her to travel back in time, to the origin of the necklace. Together, the five teens traveled to 350 C.E. where ionizers and synapse optimizers no longer worked in the harsh environment of their ancestors, and every step was a battle for survival.
This is the story of a girl who must decide if she is to betray her own kind, the refugees, and side with those who have always persecuted her, the Dominators. Or let an artificially intelligent enemy from another world become a parasite on Earth. Along the way, she discovers a person is not measured by if they fail but how they pick themselves up. And it doesn’t hurt to get by with a little help from some friends.