Children of Scarabaeus (Scarabaeus, Book 2)
Edie Sha'nim believes she and her bodyguard lover, Finn, may locate shelter from the tyranny of the Crib empire by means of fleeing to the perimeter worlds. yet Edie's amazing cypherteck skill to control the ecology of evolving planets makes her some distance too important for the empire to lose. Recaptured and compelled to cooperate—or else she is going to watch Finn die—Edie is surprised to find the Crib's new breed of cypherteck: little ones. She can't stand by way of whereas the oppressors enslave the blameless, nor can she face up to the trap of Scarabaeus, the 1st global she attempted to avoid wasting, while researchers become aware of what seems to be an evolving intelligence.
But escape—for Edie, for Finn, and for the exploited young—will require the last word sacrifice, and a stunning act of rebellion
real. It made no experience. Her aid lasted just a moment, overwhelmed by way of doubts. What if it was once counterfeit? What if it used to be superseded and useless? What if the Crib had switched the drug for whatever else? yet what was once left of her rational brain knew that couldn’t be the case. The Crib—specifically, her boss, Liv Natesa—didn’t wish her useless. they only sought after her again. Cat’s commlink beeped and he or she glanced on the message. “We’ve acquired 3 Crib battlecruisers headed this way.” Edie felt like.
Beat. “Someone harm me.” “Oh.” The boy regarded harassed, like he’d heard anything too grown up for his ears. As his brow crinkled right into a frown, Edie knew what it used to be. He reminded her of herself. anything approximately his darkish hair, his facial expression, his tender chin… Galeon used to be Talasi. Her belly sank as she positioned the items jointly. So this was once Natesa’s new group of expert cyphertecks—these 4 little ones on board. It made feel, in a twisted approach. Natesa had taken Edie from the Talasi camps.
Ticked through. “Four mins until eventually the docks are locked down,” the PA introduced. “I’m afraid I can’t wait to any extent further. persist with me.” Xin regarded from Cat to Edie. “Unless you want—” She stopped by surprise, observing anything over Edie’s shoulder. Her forehead pinched. “We have a bit problem.” Edie spun round to determine what she used to be taking a look at. each holobill and viz at the concourse confirmed an identical show. Fugitive at huge. understand upon sight through order of Crib primary Command. present provided.
send, anyway?” she requested Ming Yue. She knew the stipulations at base camp have been uncomfortable and imagined Caleb used to be no longer having fun with himself. “Last I heard, he was once engaged on shows for our viewers. The VIPs arrived at the Fortitude in the course of the evening, so Natesa’s in full-blown hospitality mode and dragging Caleb into it. He’s millions of klicks away yet nonetheless can’t stay away from it.” Edie meant to prevent Natesa, and it gave the look of that was once going to be effortless sufficient for your time. She didn’t belief.
Biocyph.” “And you belief him?” Finn appeared extra surprised by way of that than he did via the assumption of a planet with a brain. “Yes, simply because I promised to aid him if it works—and he particularly desires my aid. He won’t damage you.” She stored the remaining from him, figuring out he’d refuse if he knew the price. If he knew, he’d sacrifice himself for her, simply as she’d selected to sacrifice herself for him. Finn didn’t glance any happier, yet to Edie’s aid he nodded. “He can’t kill me to any extent further useless than Natesa will.” “Haller.”.