For generations, the Company has produced made-to-order men and women for the jobs humankind itself no longer wishes to fill - soldiers, scientists, and administrators. It depends on the very predictability of what it creates, as does Earth and the far-flung galactic agricultural colonies. But not everyone finds such homogeneity comforting. Joshua 1011 is the living masterpiece of a genius with a singular mission and vision - bring back the ancient genotypes that once were the backbone of creative life.
To what extremes would you go to return humankind to its full creative potential after generations of game-leveling genetic tampering? For the followers of a martyred genetic engineer named James Illion, the answer is obvious - all the way to the very edge of the death of civilization itself. Joshua 1011, the artificially created son of Illion, finds he is the carrier of a deadly and life-altering viral weapon.
Welcome to a world controlled by the great spirit and science Margas, a world that has crawled out of years of devastating viral plagues only to find that the immuno-nanotech sentinels meant to protect and enhance a whole generation of children are rising from within to become an even greater threat. Warped at the genetic level to mimic characters of a sophisticated life-support game, the Children of the Reckoning must struggle against the artificial intelligence reaching for their minds through their own bodies and face the stigma of "otherness" in a world of deadly political intrigue and strict social controls.
Synapjock Ciaran Dolan is about to learn that his stories are the stuff of a Biblical Genesis - if he can survive the many characters of his own mind and reunify himself within, the gift he will bequeath to machine-kind may be full membership in the species known as human. And all the terrible responsibilities such membership entails.
Faith Richards knows she'll never be able to outrun her demons, but she's not looking for absolution. She's looking for release. When she's forced to return home by circumstances she'd rather not discuss, she runs straight to Noah. The only boy that could ever make her feel alive. The only boy who ever truly broke her heart. The only boy who could possibly save her from herself.