“Wow! A YA mystery with a smidgen of speculative fiction and a central idea that is painfully real and urgent. Read this book.” —Michael Grant, internationally bestselling author of the Gone series
Author of the New York Times bestselling Testing trilogy Joelle Charbonneau returns with a breathless new duology that will capture fans of Neal Shusterman’s Scythe series and leave readers questioning everything they once believed to be true.
Meri Beckley lives in a world without lies. When she looks at the peaceful Chicago streets, she shares in the pride that everyone in the country feels about the era of unprecedent hope and prosperity over which the government presides.
But when Meri’s mother is killed, Meri suddenly has questions that no one else seems to be asking. And when she tries to uncover her mother’s state of mind in her last weeks, she finds herself drawn into a secret world full of facts she’s never heard and a history she didn’t know existed.
Suddenly, Meri is faced with a choice between accepting the “truth” she has been taught or embracing a world the government doesn’t want anyone to see—where words have the power to change the course of a nation and where the wrong one could get Meri killed.