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Cheating Time (Longevity, #1)
Genre: YA Dystopia (13+)
Release Date: December 2014
Carles "Carlie" Enoch's world was one that could barely be imagined. In it, babies had micropharmeceutical devices inserted in their hearts within hours of birth. The MicroPharm implant held code that secretly counted down until the date of that baby's death (as determined by its genetic analysis) and contained drugs that were released in such a way that chemicals and hormones were in perfect balance at all times, making illness almost unheard of.
Theoretically, the known but unexposed date of the babies' deaths and the maintenance drugs geared toward giving the baby a long life had benign consequences. It was the unknown and unbelievable and unexpected way President John Barone gathered data about every child and the way he released contraceptives from the device in order to control the population and terminate pregnancies when embryos were identified as weak or mutated that made the device and its technology as dangerous as any malignancy.
For President Barone, seventeen-year-old Carlie was not just a MicroPharm first generation, she was the great granddaughter of the man who discovered the ability to determine life expectancy down to the day and the daughter of the woman who invented the MicroPharm chip. Carlie and her family were important to President Barone's political career and the plans he had of creating a nation of strong, healthy, and superior people, ones who gave more to their country than they took.
Jayden St. Romaine, one of the Facet's most loyal Surrogate Soldier, was ordered by President Barone himself to find the Enoche family and kidnap Carlie. Through blackmail, he planned to leverage control over the Enoche's scientific research and the ability to develop even more tools that could be used to genetically engineer a superior race.
When President Barone sent Jayden on his mission, he never expected his perfect soldier to develop a conscience... betray his trust... fall in love with Carlie, but he'd dispatched a back-up Surrogate Soldier just in case. With the ticking of the clock and the second Surrogate chasing them, Jayden's chances at redemption and Carlie's chances of living a life where she was free to make choices about her life and her body were in jeopardy of coming too late.