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An ancient Hopi myth says people arrived on tiny silver pods that fell from the sky.
But the truth is far more terrifying.
Two-hundred fifty-eight teens are sent from a dying Earth to a terraformed Mars as part of the Emergence Program, mankind’s last hope before solar flares finish off their planet and species. Among the brave pioneers are sixteen-year-old Joey Westen and her twin brother, Jesse.
After only minutes in space, something triggers a total ship lock down.
With the help of their roommates, the Matsuda twins (notorious hackers and shady secret-keepers), Joey and Jesse stumble onto an extremist plot to sabotage the Emergence Program.
But Joey and Jesse didn’t travel to the deepest pits of space and leave their mother behind to be picked off in a high-tech tin can. They’ll lie, hack, and even kill to survive the voyage and make it to Mars.
Now on to the excerpt!
Joey bent over Rai’s shoulder to gaze at the screen. Her hair brushed his neck, and he squirmed. She tried to lean away, but the scent of his musky cologne drew her closer.
“You found them on video,” she said, glancing over at Rai. Her lips nearly brushed Rai’s cheek, but she didn’t move. She couldn’t move, not with his hand drifting toward her own.
Jesse nudged her leg, and then tugged the back of her shirt. “Rai’s got this thing about personal space.”
“Nah, it’s cool,” Rai said, waving Jesse off.
“You lost the camera feed,” Kami grumbled.
“What,” Rai said in more of a breath than a word. He looked at Kami, caught her fierce stare, and sat up straight. “Oh, right. Damn system keeps shutting me out.” He returned to the laptop, typing faster than before. “I divert power, sixty seconds later, jammed all over again. It’s getting tedious.”
Kami powered up her handheld, typing on its small screen. “Did anyone see where they went?”
Jesse walked around the desk, standing beside Kami. “They crawled into an access hatch beside the elevator.”
“There’s no cameras in there,” Rai said while flipping through video feeds. Joey remained glued to his side. He shifted in his chair every time her elbow rubbed against his arm, which she now did on purpose since it was so fun.
“It’s just a shaft with a ladder that runs between all decks.” Jesse plopped on the edge of his bed. “The elevators must be down too.”
“Yeah, they are.” Kami sat beside Jesse, her gaze fixed on her handheld. “I’ve zeroed in on the jamming frequency. I can send a signal out over the speakers, totally block it.”
“No, don’t,” Rai yelled.
“Why, what?” Kami tossed her hand up, glaring at Rai.
“I found something,” Rai muttered, without lifting his gaze from the monitor.
Joey squinted as she stared at the tiny box in the corner of the computer screen. “What is that?”
Jesse stepped beside Joey, took one look at the display, and let out a gasp.
About Jamie: (Insert Author Photo)
Jamie Zakian is a full-time writer who consumes the written word as equally as oxygen. Living in South Jersey with her husband and rowdy family, she enjoys farming, archery, and blazing new trails on her 4wd quad, when not writing of course. She aspires to one day write at least one novel in every genre of fiction.
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