A MAJOR MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH THAT CAN CURE, AND A COUNTRY LOSING HOPE FOR ITS DISEASED
A RACE BETWEEN TWO FORCES
As the years stretch on after the outbreak of a horrific, mind-destroying disease, debates begin over what to do with the infected. These people, known as the Taken, have been gathered into Sanctuaries to protect the uninfected and themselves from their violent hunger. Some have begun to question the usefulness of these Sanctuaries, while others argue that the Taken need to remain protected until a cure is found.
Chloe and her fellow Agents are caught in the middle of this political argument, and start to face some difficult moral quandaries. A question looms over everyone: Can people who have lost everything that makes them human still be considered people, or have they merely become a walking disease?
Changing public opinion starts to put serious pressure on the scientists at Icarus Labs as well, but they still continue their search for a cure. Miranda and her parents are also running their own secret study of Luke, who is showing surprising signs of recovery.
But now they must fight against time as well as nature.
On the verge of a major breakthrough, they may face the more difficult challenge of convincing a country which is giving up hope that a cure is still worth fighting for.
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With a sigh that made him look suddenly very tired, Carson slumped his shoulders and leaned back on his desk. “The truth is, this is not the only incident where something like this has happened. We’ve kept them out of the public eye, but reports of people—usually family members—getting killed by sneaking into Sanctuaries have been increasing across the country. Good Agents have died trying to rescue them. And with all the money we’ve poured into these brilliant researchers, they can’t even tell us if this damn thing is a virus or bacteria or whatever.
“Our directives have changed. New orders have come down from the very top of the CSA. These orders are to remain classified until further notice; no word of this must be leaked to any public citizen, for their own safety. And yours. I will inform the other Agents here myself, on a need-to-know basis. From now on, it is no longer a priority to preserve the life of any Taken. Taken are no longer to be considered citizens, and you are hereby authorized to use deadly force whenever necessary. This order has been retroactively applied to the incident on September 2nd, and Agent Payton has been cleared of all disciplinary charges. Any questions?” At the last sentence, he turned his icicle stare at Chloe, as if daring her to ask anything.
Chloe’s heart thumped a terrified beat of defiance at the stare, and before she could stop herself, she blurted out, “What are we to consider Taken then, if they are no longer citizens? Sir?”
Sergeant Carson’s expression did not change, but his voice dropped to an even deeper baritone rumble. “Targets.”
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