Stacey Rourke & Tish Thawer
Publication date: August 1st 2017
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult
Tainted water for the good of the people. Fluoride and vitamins to sustain the health of the human race. Added ingredients to extend and elevate the quality of life. All good things, right?
Thia Kelly has been changed by the TS901 chemical in the world’s water supply. Now, forced into hiding with the other inflicted outcasts, she struggles to survive as her powers emerge.
Evan Daniels hunted for others like himself, and finding Thia suddenly brought meaning back into his life. Love blossomed between the strange couple while they searched for a way to reverse the effects. Unfortunately, the Government had something else in mind.
Super-soldier creation on a mass scale was their end goal, and thanks to an unfortunate family tie, Evan became Patient #1.
Good-guy? Bad-guy? The world isn’t sure, but Thia is left with only one choice––save the ass of the world’s first Anomaly who just happens to be her boyfriend.
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Evan roared into the barely lit sky, one bowling ball-sized fist slamming a divot into the wall.
“How could you let Thia leave?” he spat in Lance’s direction as the beat-up metal table sitting next to him went flying across the room thanks to his anger and engorged muscles.
“Because,” Mrs. Baker piped in, “she is our only hope, and it had to be this way, Evan. The Maly community needed to see her on her own, ready to take a stand and fight for what she believes in. Now, we need to get moving so we can be in place to help her along.”
“Bullshit!” he bellowed. “All you had to do was keep your mouth shut for just a few more hours, then we could have all gone together, as a team. To keep each other safe …” His words trailed off as he sank to the floor, dropping his head into his hands. Nostrils flaring, he glowered to the floorboards. “How do we know you’re even on our side? All that time being experimented on could have swayed your motives.”
Chest puffing, Lance tapped his index finger against the holster at his hip. “The same could be said for you. After all, she was abducted from her home. You turned your back on your people just to make Daddy proud.”
In a blink, Evan was on his feet. Towering over Lance, his chest heaved in outrage barely held in check. “I thought I was doing what was right.”
“Oh, yeah?” Eyes flashing with challenge, Lance’s head tilted to the side. “How’d that work out for you?”
“Boys, there isn’t time for this.” Mama tried to inject common sense into their blatant show of testosterone poisoning.
Ignoring her, Evan’s hands balled into white-knuckled fists at his sides. With the serum pumping through his veins, he knew from grisly past experience that one well-delivered strike could snap the human spine. Still, he held back. “You know the biggest difference between you and I, Nary? I know what it’s like to make the tough choices.”
“Should I go?” Eugene asked, jamming his thumb toward the door. “I feel my talents could be better utilized away from the pissing contest.”
“Tough choices?” Lance snorted, squaring his shoulders in preparation to beat a little respect into Evan. “Like being a puffed-up dickhead when your girlfriend needs you?”
Sucking air through his teeth, Eugene inched to the door. “Yeah. I’m definitely going to go before there’s bloodshed.”
“We’re all going to go!” With a hand on Lance’s tensed shoulder, Mama Baker shuffled in between the two steaming men. Positioning herself in front of Evan, Mrs. Baker reached out to him. “If you don’t trust me, you should learn to trust your woman, soldier. She’s tougher than you think, but she still needs our help.”
Evan hesitantly reached for Mama Baker’s wrinkled hand, jerking as electrical impulses and images shot into his mind. There stood Thia, tall and proud above a restless Maly crowd, her wings expanded and her arms splayed wide. Her face beamed with pride, her posture radiating a confidence Evan had never seen.
When tinges of black crept in around the edges of the vision, Mrs. Baker yanked her hand away. “No. Oh no. Outside, now!”
Jaw clenched, Evan bolted for the door with the rest of the motley crew trailing close behind. The water tower that landmarked The Hive could be seen in the distance, a thick cloud of black smoke licking the sky beside it.
“If you two are over your male drama, we need to get to Thia before it’s too late,” Mrs. Baker commanded through gritted teeth, her cloudy eyes flicking from side to side as she scanned a scene only she could see.
“Let’s go.” Before the words even left Evan’s lips he was plowing through the brush, blazing a trail for them. The others fell in step behind him, doing their best to match his stride. The second wave had moved out, hopeful they weren’t too late.
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