274 years after hatred created the plagues that killed civilization, Reyism and the Temple head the government, and Neri Symmes has unwittingly entangled herself in its cruelty. To free herself she must discover the secret behind the plague-controlling serum, without alerting the Temple’s leader--her husband. More
Freedom is the first lie. . .
274 years after hatred, greed and corruption created the plagues that took down civilization, humanity has achieved utopia. The new religion, Reyism, has created a test to assign people their ideal jobs. It’s created an ideal government, the Temple, which generously provides all citizens with daily injections of serum to control the plague. They are all living ideal lives, or so preaches the Prophet, Neri’s husband.
It’s a lie.
Everybody in the Temple lies, especially High Priestess, Neri, whose survival depends upon it. Neri’s life is a balancing act between what she must do to stay alive and what she needs to do to keep her sanity. Challenging the benevolence of the Temple, or her husband, results in savage punishment or execution. Then she discovers that her best friend and an old flame are embroiled in a desperate scheme against the Temple. Joining them might mean true freedom, but it also means deceiving her sadistic husband, who has all the power—and all the serum—on his side.
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