How do you survive when you’ve been evicted from utopia?
Humanity has finally achieved its dream of unifying the world as one people, absolved of all racial, social, and religious divisions. But for 17-year-old Philadelphia Smyrna, living under the shadow of the “United” means anything but peace. Criminalized for refusing to deny her religion, Philadelphia has spent her life in a concentration camp, subjected to reeducation, manipulation, and the constant threat of death. Her last comfort is her family–and the United has already taken away her mother and brother. When her father is reassigned to a base on Mars, Philadelphia knows she must keep her head down or be sent back to Earth alone. But when she accidentally learns the truth about the base’s operations, Philadelphia discovers there might be a better way to protect her family–by joining the brewing war between the United and the rebels who will stop at nothing to overthrow the government.
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Listen for free on audiobook! 17-year-old Philadelphia has been imprisoned most of her life because of her Christian beliefs. When her father is sent to Mars against his will to work on a mysterious science project and a benevolent official allows her to accompany him, Philadelphia knows she must keep her head down or be sent back to prison on Earth. But when she stumbles into the wrong hallway and accidentally learns too much, Philadelphia is faced with a question she doesn’t want to answer: the choice between returning to Earth—or destroying it.
Ephesus is a talented young scientist who has spent the last several years of his life in prison for his Christian beliefs. When he is personally summoned to Mars to work for a prestigious governor, who promises his family’s release in exchange for providing a formula needed to complete an important project, Ephesus thinks he may have found his ticket to freedom. But when the project becomes progressively more sinister—and his enigmatic overseer refuses to answer questions—Ephesus begins to wonder if the offer is too good to be true.