In 2060, the Naga are in charge. Humanity lives off of 1940s technology and teenagers are expected to spend their post-graduation lives serving a Naga overseer. Living with his adoptive parents in an upscale human city, Olton Sorrell has studied hard to have a great career serving under his father’s Naga friend.
But as graduation nears, Olton meets the enigmatic Orun, a Naga who reveals the truth about his species’ arrival on Earth and sympathizes with the anti-Naga human resistance. Upon learning the secrets of the Naga, Olton must choose whether to stay true to his family or true to his past. What will happen if he does the unthinkable and serves Orun instead of his father’s friend?
Olton’s decision will take him to the labor camps of a land once called Greece. Now a slave under the Naga, he is assigned to a top secret operation that may change the world. As Olton navigates dangers both ancient and new, two questions trouble him. What are he and his fellow slaves digging for? And what will he do once they find it?
Gulping in another breath of the stubborn air, he rounded his sights on the lone unmarked mountain next to the city. He knew it from the photo Zacharia had shown him. The mountain hid an entire fleet of Anunnaki vimanas beneath its surface of grass and brush. Not just glider drones, but the expensive ships. The combat shuttles, aerial fighters—which hadn’t seen use in years—and atmospheric satellites. They were big and dangerous, but also extremely taxing in their energy costs. Despite that, they were maintained to the highest standards every month, ever ready to be used in case…the anarchists ever grew too strong.
Olton had never understood how that could happen. It was a rare situation in which he and his classmates were in agreement. They had all laughed off the idea that the anarchists were ever really a threat. At least then. Now Olton was a lot more aware. He knew the anarchists presented a threat to the Anunnaki. Because he was that threat.
Gibson Morales is the author of the young adult novels, The Deadliest Earthling and upcoming The Boy Who Wields Thunder, as well as the satirical novel, Johnny Ali vs America. He publishes these under his imprint, Mo Bros Books, which he formed with his brother and writer Vicente. Gibson graduated from USC and lives in Los Angeles. When not writing, Gibson enjoys boxing, most things geek-related, truth-seeking, and, occasionally, satirizing.