A Top Ten Best YA Finalist at the 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference
The first book in an epic science fiction adventure, perfect for fans of Firefly and Star Wars.
The galaxy's deadliest soldiers are now its most wanted criminals...
The year is 2119. Earth is a crowded, ugly shell of its former self, surrounded by numerous alien races and ‘protected’ by the oppressive Earth Alliance. Not exactly prime real estate.
When Alyx Starburn is arrested for stealing food, he’s given a choice: join a new branch of the Earth Alliance created to rehab convicts like him into the service, or rot in a quarry on a backwater planet a thousand light-years away. It isn’t a hard decision, and soon he’s thrown into basic training and teamed up with three other outcasts: Killian, calm under fire, but haunted by his past deeds; Vaness, an icy-eyed killer who’d just as soon shoot you than smile; and Jess, alluring, friendly, with a roundhouse kick as deadly as the secrets she carries. A motley crew, but with them, the program is almost bearable.
But they’ve been deceived.
The convicts are test subjects for an advanced neural Chip; a Chip capable of turning them into elite soldiers. If they survive the process. Those who do will spearhead the EA’s conquest for galactic domination. Alyx and his team have barely come out of the procedure before they’re blamed for murders they didn’t commit and find themselves on the run