Gem. Tier 2
Knowledge. Courage. Resilience.
Gem. Tier 6
Ambition. Strength. Ingenuity.
Nomod. No Tier
Justice. Truth. Vengeance.
"Anya sometimes thought it was fortunate that variations in gene expression meant sometimes what you got with your child was slightly different to what you had ordered. It was a dangerous opinion to have, and was one that she kept firmly to herself."
Anya Audentia is a Tier 2 Gem. Born to a wealthy father and a vain mother, her genetic code is top of the range. Intelligent, and with razor-sharp instincts, Anya performed well enough in the Trials to remain in Tier 2. This was mainly down to her Knowledge, Beauty and Ingenuity. However, she failed to score highly enough to earn a place in Tier 1, much to her mother’s disapproval.
However, beneath her beauty and brilliance, Anya has flaws that even gene-editing couldn't fix. She is proud and stubborn, and quietly rebels against the strict laws imposed on her by The City. Deep down, she doesn’t really feel as if she belongs anywhere. That is, except for her laboratory. Anya thrives on her work as a biomedical geneticist and learns quickly under the watchful eye of her teacher, Myra.
Anya's journey begins when she is framed for a murder she didn't commit. Forced to flee for her life, she enters a world that she had no idea even existed. For Anya, nothing will ever be the same again.
"Reyen already knew he deserved better than Tier 6. It was just a matter of proving it."
Reyen is about to take his Trials. Born to a Tier 6 mother and father, Reyen resents his position in The City. He hates everything about his home and is eager for the chance to improve his position in life. Reyen is arrogant and entitled, but his confident façade masks a deep-seated pain. He has never been able to live up to his father’s expectations, and his body bears the scars of his father's rage.
But Reyen senses his fortunes are about to change. His Trials are going to change everything. Ambitious to the end, Reyen is prepared to do anything he can to achieve what he wants.
"Leyna glared at the City skyline. She hated everything about it, from the glistening peaks of Tier 1 down to the dingiest orange houses that sprawled across Tier 7."
Leyna is a Nomod. She lives in the Nomod Slums with her father. Her world is shattered when her brother, Cayden, is taken away by City Officials. Everyone knows that when someone is taken by The City, they never come back.
Her father is in despair. He has resigned himself to never seeing Cayden again. Leyna, however, has other ideas. Both fearful and naïve of the perils she will face, Leyna hopes to find the strength she needs to find her brother and bring him home again. Her journey takes her further than she could have possibly imagined. As she becomes increasingly consumed by hatred towards the Gems, she must be careful that in finding her brother, she doesn’t lose herself along the way.