Population levels have reached critical, forcing the government to step in. A new system is built - an assigned mate for 16-year-olds, one child per family, all done with computer algorithm. Careers are determined for what job is needed and best suited for. Any deviation and they face the risk of becoming a Lower--the unwanted dregs of society. Or sometimes something far worse.
Rebecca hates the system. She's pared with a cookie cutter human called Jake, sees her dream job given away to a liar, and is forced to work in endless code as a programmer. Nothing is what she would choose for herself.
When she and a boy with many secrets, Scott, discover a flaw in the system, they realize they can change everything. Jake can be with his real love. Rebecca can be a librarian. Society can be turned on it's head with the sweep of a key stroke. If they're caught, they face a fate far worse than becoming a Lower.
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