The end is near—and I’m fated to save humanity.
I’m feared, yet revered. The presidents are leery of me, but I’ve read the files. And I know the truth—at least, I think I do. And I’m the one who is going to tell the clones. They deserve to know.
Michael and I have been forced to fight, to kill. We’ll do anything to keep our daughters safe and free. But we can’t do it alone. There’s a rumor about a secret society eager for battle… and we’re going to find them. Help them end the government’s corruption.
It’s my duty, my calling as the first mother of the new world I want to create.
This started with me, and that’s where it’s going to end.
“What’s going on?” Michael asked. I thought it was Michael. No, maybe it was Travel. Everything spun, my head stretching and coming back as if I’d rocketed down an elevator shaft.
Hands caught me under my arms. Whose hands? I didn’t know. My feet hit the floor, but my knees buckled, and as I was lifted again, I opened my eyes and caught a blur of the room—wood paneling, a pedestal holding a vase of red flowers, and an oriental carpet under my feet.
What was wrong with me? My heartbeat thumped in my ears, the muscles in my legs refused to respond to my mental commands, and my skin hurt as tiny dots of pain erupted from my bones and spread to the surface of my limbs.
“They need to be separated,” a male shouted.
They? Who was they?
His words were sharp and desperate, bordering on panic. The grip under my arms shifted to my waist and my upper body. Limp and trembling with each beat of my heart, I fell against the person holding me. It was Michael. I recognized his spicy cologne and the width of his shoulders against mine.
“Michael, don’t you see what’s happening?” It was Travel. Now I recognized his voice, too, a voice marked with the same cast of anxiety in Michael’s.
“Travel,” I tried to say. Or maybe I did say it. Had my lips even moved? A numbing heat whipped up my spine and spread through my shoulders and neck. My chin dropped to my chest, and the fuzzy red, white, and green colors I’d seen were replaced with the grey blur of my prison uniform.
“Take her away—now!” Michael shouted, his words seeping deep into my ear where the sounds writhed and burned, the sensation spreading to my forehead.
With each exhale, my hot breath pooled against my chest, stoking my lightheadedness.
“Get her out of here,” Michael said again. “Hurry!”
Her? Who? Me? VW2? Where was my daughter? Michael’s arms were empty, and my own still hung loosely at my sides and hit dumbly against my body when he shifted me closer to him.
“That’s his niece. You just can’t…” Whose voice was that? It was a presidential voice with its commanding yet concerned tone. It had to be Dabner. I wasn’t his niece. I wasn’t anybody’s niece in this century. Who was he talking about?
1) Rockin in the Free World by Neil Young
This is exactly what Cassie wants―to rock in a free world, a world without mandatory Liaisons and obscuras.
2) Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
Of course the theme of this classic song applies. Although Cassie often feels “as if hope itself had turned its back on [her]”, with Michael by her side, she doesn’t stop believing in her duty and role as the mother of the thirty-first century.
3) Run by the Foo Fighters
These lyrics certainly apply: “Run for your life with me. Wake up. Run for your life with me. In another perfect life. In another perfect light. We run.” Cassie has been on the run with Michael since the beginning of her awakening.
4) Go to War by Nothing More
“With every battle we lose a little more. Remember everything that we die for. You are everything that I die for.” These lyrics are particularly significant toward the end of the novel. Michael would die for Cassie, and Cassie needs to remember that.
5) Roboto by Styx
Okay, so I had to include a song about robots, and this song features synthesized robot voices. Cassie would hate this song, but it is fun and has a catchy tune. Cassie despises all bots, but they play an important part in this series, especially in RELEGATION.
6) There’s Nothing Holding Me Back by Shawn Mendes
I included this song for Michael. This is how he feels about Cassie and his relationship with her: “She pulls me in enough to keep me guessing, and maybe I should stop and start confessing.”
7) Be still by The killers
This is something Cassie would say to Michael: “I won’t be afraid if you are here. You silence all my fear. I won’t be afraid.” When Cassie starts to doubt her role in the project, Michael brings her back to reality.
8) Freak on a Leash by Korn
When Cassie is in the regions, tethered to Liaisons One, Two, and Three, she feels like a freak on a leash.
9) I will not Bow by Breaking Benjamin
After Cassie is forced to leave Tasma, and run back to the regions, these lyrics are her motto: “All is lost again. But I’m not giving in. I will not bow. I will not break.”
10) Whatever it Takes by Imagine Dragons
Cassie will do whatever it takes to save humanity: “I do whatever it takes ’cause I love how it feels when I break the chains. Whatever it takes.”
Growing up in San Diego, California, Karri Thompson spent much of her years at the beach, reading novels, tanning, and listening to music. At SDSU, she earned a BA in English, MA in education, and her teaching credential. As a wife, mother, and high-school English teacher, she began writing novels, giving all of the compelling plots and unique characters in her head a home. Victorian literature rocks her socks, and when she’s not writing, jogging, going to concerts, or watching her son play football, she’s reading Dickens.