Technology has, for better or worse, become part of our daily lives. It seems, as we progress as a species, that tech is only going to become more pervasive, and essential. I’ve heard it said that technology, like magic perhaps, is neither good nor evil, but only becomes so in the heart of the user. This fundamental idea is the basis of this new near-future thriller by twin sister writing team Ashley and Leslie Saunders.
In an earthquake-ravaged future Los Angeles, twins Crys and Jade exist on opposite sides of the hyperloop tracks. As orphans, the sisters were both taken in by a rich entrepreneur, part of his private experiment in helping disadvantaged youth. But disillusioned Jade broke out, leaving Crys to live the lonely life of a sparkling socialite. When a student at Crys’s elite academy is murdered, however, the twins are brought together again—this time to solve the crime. There’s another resource besides his exorbitant wealth that Crys’s adoptive father has been using to improve his students’ lives, and Crys and Jade need to figure out what’s been done to them before it’s too late to save anyone else.
Combining a smart, timely commentary on who gets access to lifesaving technology, an examination of class structures, and an exploration of coming of age and finding where you belong, Ashley and Leslie Saunders’s novel is, at its core, an edge-of-your-seat summer adventure. Strap yourself in for a roller-coaster ride!
—Adrienne Procaccini, Editor