Kiara Talwar is an empath: she senses the emotions of others and can often tell the cause behind them. She views her ability with indifference until she’s discovered by a United States government founded on the principle that ignorance is bliss. The government was well-intentioned, but created its utopia by taking away the freedom of its citizens. They accomplished this by erasing the citizens’ memories of horrible events and then limiting access to information. The government takes advantage of Kiara’s ability and forces her to become a spy for them. She is threatened with death if she does not obey.
Sixteen-year-old Blake Richards is training to be a soldier for the same rebel group where Kiara is sent undercover. He befriends and eventually falls for Kiara. Blake has been raised among the rebels and fighting with them is second nature to him. The fight becomes personal when Blake’s mom is killed by the government. Blake’s connections within the rebel group make him a valuable source for information and Kiara takes advantage of that by manipulating him. His naivety and trusting nature cause him to remain oblivious to her hidden motives.
As Kiara falls deeper into her own inner darkness, Blake is put securely into harm’s way. Kiara, one of the people Blake trusts most, has now become the biggest threat to his safety. He still fails to see Kiara as the villain she’s been forced to become. It may be too late for her to be saved, but Blake could still have a chance: if he can survive Kiara revealing her true colors.
Alone. That’s how I liked it. And that was how I sat now, in the corner of the cafeteria watching people dance. This year’s Homecoming was as unbearable as any other dance. If I could make my own choice I wouldn’t be here, but my friends managed to convince me to come. The same friends that abandoned me now.
It was so hot and sticky in here. I wiped my sweaty palms on my dress. I might have hated the dance itself, but I did like my dress at least. The pretty turquoise color stood out nicely against my dark skin and black hair. At least that’s what my friends said.
“Are you okay?” A voice said behind me. I turned around.
“Yeah, I’m fine.” I said as I rolled my eyes. “Why?”
The boy who had approached me shrugged. “You look lonely.”
“Why do people always think it’s bad to be alone?”
The boy shrugged again.
I sighed before saying, “the fact that I’m alone doesn’t mean I’m lonely.” People were always assuming I was lonely.
“Good point.” The boy motioned to the chair next to me. “Anybody sitting there?”
“Be my guest.”
“Thanks.” He flashed a grin and ran his hand through his dark brown hair. He was tall and the color of his hair exactly matched his eyes. “My name is Caden. Yours?”
Caden started to snack on the pretzels he was holding. I turned my attention to the center of the cafeteria. I had tried to spend my evening dancing, but that didn’t work out well.