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364 pages, Hardcover
First published August 20, 2012
[Mother] grew to hate free will. She believed she had a pure vision of a perfect society - a perfect family - but the Citizens did not comply. She saw the city falling apart before her eyes. The harder she worked to bring her vision to the city, the more the people rebelled against her rules. She wanted them to be more docile so she worked with a scientist to experiment with gene manipulation.
Then I reach another section in code. I can't make out much, but the dates correspond with the journal from Sector One. Finally, I find a blue hyperlink within the code and I know I have to see where it leads.
The computer immediately asks for a password. At fist I panic [...] But still, I barely breathe while I fight the computer. My fingers fly over the holographic keyboard ad my arm aches like a bad tooth, but I don't dare stop. Even though I've never done this before, it's like the codes an sequences are all there in my mind just waiting for me to use them. Somehow I know how to peel down each wall of security as if it is an orange [...] with every step I take forward to break the code, the more concerned I am the computer will tell Mother what I'm doing. Finally, just as another drop of sweat dribbles down my back, the desktop appears on the holoscreen. I cracked the password.
"If Mother was able to see that you fixed Macie's coupling thing, wouldn't she have just removed us from the computer again?"
I give him a thin smile. "No. I made it 'read-only.'"
There's a poor wee little lamby...The bees and the butterflies picking at its eyes.
"I can see up your dress, okay? It's distracting."