Leaving Earth was supposed to be a second chance—not a death sentence. Or so they were told.
For seventeen-year-old Tori Akins, life on the spaceship Ex Morte has always been safe. But when a crew member covered in a purple rash viciously attacks Tori, the security of her universe falls apart.
The ship’s leaders promise that everything is under control, but Tori doesn’t believe them, not when more people are becoming infected and her little sister is also attacked. Tori will do anything to keep her family safe and is determined to find out what—or who—is behind the disease.
The infection mimics the one that destroyed their old world, but when Tori finds out the planet’s virus—their reason for leaving Earth—may have been faked, she realizes there are more lies inside the ship than stars surrounding it. Tori searches the ship for answers and, with the help of her friend Declan, learns that someone is purposefully contaminating the crew. As the number of infected increases, Tori knows that if she doesn’t figure out the truth behind the disease soon, everyone on the ship could end up dead. The problem is, some secrets were meant to stay buried. And someone doesn’t want the truth to be known.
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I race past door after door until they blend into the white walls. Only ten minutes late, but already the corridors are empty. Unlike me, everyone else is already at their assignments like good little crewmembers. I turn left down another hall, identical to the last save for the numbers on the doors, and pick up my pace. If Supervisor Dresden catches me running in late again, she won’t hesitate to discipline me.
Unfortunately, this corridor isn’t empty like the others. My momentum slams me straight into a patroller and I fall to the ground. When I look up the only thing that greets me is a scowl. The patroller’s eyes narrow and his jaw clenches.
“Sorry, sir.” The words leave my mouth in a stutter and I look away, hoping he’ll let me go without punishment. Being late to my assignment is one thing, but pissing off a patroller is a whole other universe of trouble that I don’t want to be in.