The not-so-distant future of 2040 is populated mostly by millennials and the robots to whom humanity has delegated menial labor. The government is all-powerful and all-intrusive; privacy is a thing of the past. Optimal, a biogenetics company, bucks the system with its hidden lab, but the founder’s good intentions have given way to dangerous experimentation.
Optimal offers a “miracle” serum that can supposedly help citizens escape their miserable lives through a change of identity. Four women jump at the chance. Maggie seeks fame; Jasmine is desperate for beauty. Sydney’s heart’s desire is wealth; Lena just wants revenge.
But getting what they’ve always wanted comes with rivalry, exploitation, and blackmail, and when they discover Optimal’s underground torture chamber, they learn why the lab was hidden so deep in the forest…
BIOGRAPHY Cynthia Kumanchik is a public relations and marketing professional based out of Pasadena, California. After spending time in the healthcare, entertainment, and computer industries, she began writing young adult and women’s novels.
Kumanchik received her degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is also a member of the SCBWI and Pasadena Area Writers Society. For more information about her work, she invites you to visit her at www.cynthiakumanchik.com or @Ckumanchik.
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