⭐️2017 WATTY WINNER-STORYSMITH AWARD⭐️
Those who managed to outlive the invasion scrambled to retreat underground. Hidden away, they wait for better days.
After twenty-four years struggling to exist, that same diminishing society attempts to replenish all they've lost. They must return to the surface of the earth and hunt for salvage-dodging the patrolling Invaders and collecting scrap metal for their makeshift city. Protecting the scavengers is dangerous work slotted only for the bravest and craziest sons-of-bitches raised below ground. It's a job only the Reapers of Earth's Militia are eager to tackle.
Lucky for the scavengers, Reaper Captain Janika Lorn is one gutsy SOB.
Unfortunately, it's this same strength, intelligence, and fearlessness make her a top candidate for the Human Hope Project-a government-enforced breeding regime and last-ditch effort to replenish a dying population.
But bringing more people into the world is the last thing Captain Lorn wants. Especially when her contracted partner is war hero and childhood best friend, Captain Dean Freyer.
Before her regimented life of Topside adventure is shattered by the HHP and their suffocating repopulation program, she's offered a position in a last attempt to save humanity through the mass exodus of the planet. With all the expectations of her society weighing heavily on her shoulders, Lorn faces horrifying challenges while fulfilling her contract, repairing the fractured friendship with Dean, stirring up a scandalous affair with another member of the operation, and keeping her people from dying at the hands of the Invaders.
Especially when it comes to dealing with the vile, malicious race of aliens hosting the humans in their ship, the ARC10, she has no idea if this journey is going to bring about her salvation or her demise.
Winner of Storysmith Award
#10 in Science Fiction on November 7, 2017
Cover art by @FayLane
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