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Sixteen-year-olds Zoe and Balt have lived in a mysterious underground research institute all their lives. Now they must escape and find their way to the surface to learn the truth the institute and the fate of the human race. But are they ready to learn the truth about themselves?

Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9781631630569
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Tags:  Reading Level: Grades 9-12, Interest Level: Grades 9-12 Dystopian, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure

In a postapocalyptic world, two students discover that the worst thing about searching for the truth is actually finding it. After a nuclear war has ravaged the planet, children of the few survivors are sent to renowned scientist Dr. Parkman and his underground facility, Parkman Institute of Science and Solutions, to learn, create, and test the latest technologies until they turn 18 and are sent back to the surface to help rebuild society. Balt and Zoe, 16-year-old students, have begun to realize something is amiss when Zoe is given a glimpse of an entirely different reality during a freak accident, one completely foreign to what Parkman has always described to his students.
With the help of Balt and his midterm robotics project, the talkative head of an A.I. called Smith, the three devise a plan to escape the institute and travel through the ruins of the old labs to get to the surface. As they draw closer to their destination, they begin to see that their biggest threat might be each other. The old lab is full of secrets, and some answers are perhaps better left buried.

Copyright: 2015
Page Count: 280
Rights Territory: Worldwide
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / General
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / General

Mark Magro is a former middle school and high school teacher. He lives in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.

Reviews and Awards

“… Magro knows how to create a fast-paced story that will appeal to teenagers. He weaves in humor and fearful scenarios simultaneously, leaving the reader anticipating the next twist in the story…the story will leave readers clamoring for more.”  — VOYA

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