On the surface, the city of HelsInc appears to have recovered from the war waged between humans and Ethereals, but beneath the scars, the city seethes. The remains of magic festers, causing mutations in human DNA which could give humans Ethereal power—not that the HelsInc government would ever let that happen. The Legion resists, ripping out their neurochips and protesting the mandatory gene therapy for humans with cryptomine in their DNA.
Zeta-Five has always been a dutiful soldier. From the moment he was pulled out of the vats, he’s followed orders and never hesitated to fry a target’s mind with his psionic power. But, during what should be his last mission before his cybernetics get recycled into the next batch of synths, a routine mind-jack delivers a startling revelation. What Zee-Five always thought was a dream just might be a memory of an impossible life. Ordered to kill the one person who might have the answers, Zee-Five and his twin overcome their programming and break protocol, determined to uncover the truth before they reach their expiration date.
At 19, Omyn Talvinen isn’t ready to play parent to her kid brother, but with her mom in prison on trumped up charges and her deadbeat dad AWOL, she’s left with little choice. Forced to risk her freedom to pay the rent, Omyn finds herself at the mercy of a pair of cyborg soldiers when they catch her red-handed stealing nanites from a cyberware Salon. But the synths’ powers don’t work on Omyn, and they discover they all share a common memory of a pink elephant, an impossible fragment they need to unroot the answers to.
Wanted dead by the government, Omyn and the renegade soldiers turn to a rebel Legion group with dreams of resuscitating dead magic for help. With the clock-ticking for the synths, Zee-Five and Omyn are forced to confront the secrets of their past and a dark conspiracy that’ll shake the blood-soaked foundations of the city.
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