Anamae’s mother disappeared nine years ago. When Anamae finds a brooch the same as her mother’s favourite pendant her quiet life is turned upside down. The brooches are not simply jewellery, but part of a highly developed technology with cloaking capabilities. Activating the brooch’s power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to take the device – and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae becomes their biggest enemy, and when a group of new friends takes her in, she is forced to leave her father behind. But her father is not safe himself, and after he is kidnapped, Anamae must decide whether to save her dad or protect her new friends. No matter what she chooses, someone is going to get hurt.
Easing the door closed, I climb out of the attic and head to the bathroom to clean my dust-covered hands. Water rushes from the spout and splashes against the sides as the basin fills. A reflection of me staresback at me from the mirror, my dirty hand clutching my aching chest. Today everything feels so raw, open, and fresh, like it only just happened. She should still be here.
Rubbing my hands clean, I delve into my pocket for the jewelry. Bringing it to my collar, I pin the brooch into my blouse. The hard edges prick my skin. My thumb brushes over the smooth, round sides of the pendant and when I pull it over my head, the chain catches on my hair. After I twist it through the tangle so it finally falls cool against my skin, it nestles in the hollow of my throat. I pick it up between my fingers and with reverent slow strokes, rub my thumb over the shiny yellow center—the pendant Mom never took off.
A shiver shoots up my spine and out through my limbs like an electric current, zapping every cell, every fiber, every part of my being. Walking on graves, that’s what Mom would have said. Maybe it’s an omen about her.
I plant my palms on either side of the full basin and peer into the still water, taking a moment to collect my thoughts. The water reflects only the cream ceiling. That can’t be right. I do a double take.
My chest tightens. I hold my hand up, but I can’t see it—not my arm, not my chewed fingernails, not my leather watch on my wrist. Where am I? Mouth gaping, I look into the mirror again, but I see nothing.
Not even my face.
I dip my finger into the warm, reflection-free water. Circles ripple in ever growing rings, but there’s no image. My gaze flits to the mirror, but I see only the open door. I have no reflection.
Anamae Gilbert is determined to protect her family from any more harm so she is training to become an active resistance member. Along the way she behins to fall for resistance fighter Jax Belfry. But Councillor Manvyke wants revenge, and he’s coming for Anamae.
She takes a blow to the head, and is unable to remember anything that’s happened over the last few weeks. Finding herself in an unfamiliar location, she is fascinated by the technology surrounding her. While weapons training comes easily for her, something doesn’t quite feel right. Why does the other new kid’s smile make her heart ache?
And why does her instinct tell her to run?
Stacey writes science fiction and fantasy adventure stories for young adults. She loves nothing more than to immerse herself in the culture and beauty of the area in which she lives, Hunter Valley in New South Wales.
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