The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes. -- Andre Gide
Second book in the series to follow "Caught in the After-Wake."
A war against a clone race called Deviants rages. Pitted against them and a deadly virus, humans are all but extinct. They live in secret, walled-in cities for protection, and only Exteriors, agents operating above the law, are allowed outside. A team is sent into the decimated Washington D.C. to evaluate its potential for recolonization. They find survivors, but not all of them are as they seem.
F. Tucker, known as Effie or Tuck to her group, is a survivor of a mass genocide in the distant future. She wakes up in a hospital with no memories to reclaim her lost past, only the knowledge that a rare, incurable heart condition renders her somewhat sickly. She makes her way into the world alone in a futuristic New York City with only an Electronically Composed Humanoid Operative, an artificially intelligent supercomputer that she nicknames Echo, to guide her. However, it soon becomes apparent that the alien race responsible for the genocide is out for blood, and she is forced to escape the lonely city-station only to discover she is not the only survivor, as she had previously thought. Over the course of her travels, she realizes that the society she'd once thought broken, but not dead, is actually gone forever and that the only way to move forward is to adapt and assimilate to the new culture as best she can. The catch? Those humans she meets in her travels seem to know an awful lot more about her than she thinks should be possible, and others have even been tasked with killing Effie for reasons she doesn't quite understand. Can Effie adjust to this new society, or will it just end in heartbreak and suffering?
This Senior Capstone (1 of 2) evaluates the syncretic relationship between religion and fatalism in ancient Greece, Egypt, and Mesopotamia. The research was compiled during an independent study class.