In the aftermath of the most catastrophic battle of Earth's history, the humans must retreat underground in order to salvage what's left of their civilization. It's down there that the remaining citizens form the United Regions of Earth and learn to fight the Invaders with the few resources they have left.
Twenty-four years later, the dwindling society persists.
It's in this underground city that Captain Janika Lorn, a decorated Reaper of Earth's Militia, is a reluctant member of the Human Hope Project. They've haunted her for years. When this special reproductive task-force finally catches up to her, they coerce Lorn into fulfilling one of their procreation mandates--the same one she was forced to sign along with all the other twenty-one-year-old, able-bodied citizens in the URE. To further skirt her responsibilities to the HHP and her contracted partner, the hero Captain Freyer, she jumps on the opportunity to participate in a top-secret mission when it's presented to her.
Despite the immense danger of the new role, including a volatile partnership with a hostile alien species, Captain Lorn must find a way to juggle all that her family, her government, and her new role as Commander of an ARC expects from her. As the countdown to launch begins, she finds herself constantly pushed up against obstacles with one thing in mind: fight or flight?
Winner of Storysmith Award
#10 in Science Fiction on November 7, 2017
Cover art by @vaepour.
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