The Embers of Time
~the embers of time will fan the ashes of the past into the flames of the future~
When The Attack comes-the worst terrorist attack in history, committed by an unknown organization-leaving Evangeline Abbott and her sister, Hannah, orphans, she thinks nothing could get worse than it already is.
She's wrong, of course. Because five months after The Attack, comes the video. Every screen in the United States is hacked, simultaneously, playing a video of a woman as she and her terrorist group-The Potential-lay claim to The Attack, and reveal a terrifying secret:
There was a reason behind the attacks that wasn't just hate or anarchy. When the bombs blew, a biochemical agent was released, activating a mutant gene found in approximately 43% of people under the age of 21, awakening powers in them. Changing them.
Evie doesn't want to believe it. She can't believe these nightmares and visions she's been having are actually powers. It doesn't make sense.
But when the government declares the fact to be true, and orders testing at all schools and colleges, private and public alike, Evie knows it's true. She's Changed.
Government-run "boarding schools" pop up around the country, carting off all those who test positive, Evie is left with a choice-run and never look back, or let them take her to the place in the mountains where no one knows what happens to those who enter.