WHEN HANNAH’S PHONE RINGS, AND IT’S HOLLIS ON THE OTHER END, HANNAH KNOWS IT WILL BE INTERESTING.
Hannah Stander is a futurist. She looks for patterns in the world in an attempt to postulate the probable future. She probably got this way because her parents are doomsday preppers. They have bug out bags and a plan for when it finally goes down.
Now, you might ask yourself what someone with this particular skill does? Hannah consults for the FBI. They like to know what the future holds. She gets called in on special cases.
Her contact with the FBI is Hollis Copper. When Hannah’s phone rings, and it’s Hollis on the other end, Hannah knows it will be interesting.
So when Hollis calls and says he’s at a cabin in the woods with 1,000 dead bodies in it, Hannah isn’t surprised. Maybe she’s a little confused, and she’s definitely intrigued.
It turns out that only one of the dead bodies is human. The rest are ants, and it looks like these ants literally killed and skinned the dead body. And after doing a little research, it looks like the ants have been genetically engineered. All the genetic markers point to a company called Arca Labs.
Arca Labs is owned by Einar Geirsson. Einar is kind of like Elon Musk, except he is from Iceland instead of South Africa. Einar wants to use his billions to save the world. But maybe not everything he is doing is for good. Maybe he’s genetically modifying ants for military purposes?
In order to find out, Hannah will have to travel to Einar’s top-secret headquarters on Kolohe Atoll, a couple hundred miles west of the main Hawaiian Islands.
And as Hannah investigates deeper into the work being done at the top secrets labs, she starts to see her own future. And it doesn’t look hopeful.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR IN MAY
VOID STAR: A NOVEL
by Zachary Mason
That title sounds like a bad sci-fi movie from the ’80s. Anyway, in the near future where all the bad stuff like rising tides and massive income inequality are the norm, three people will have to come together to stop a powerful AI that hijacks peoples’ memory implants. Yeah, that plot sounds like a bad sci-fi movie from the ’80s, also.
THE RAFT: A NOVEL
By Red Strydom
One day, everyone lost their memories. People call it Day Zero, because it was like everyone was reset. The collapse of civilization was instantaneous, and the new leadership that arose was oppressive to say the least. But a man named Kayle starts to remember his son, so he sets out to find him and maybe the truth about Day Zero.