Genre: YA Sci-fi
Word Count: 77k
When fifteen year old Hester Lowell realizes that the town's hot new high school principal plans to conduct scientific experiments on her friends for his own twisted purposes, she must fight to save them.
Hope is the enemy of reason. My father's favorite saying. And he should know--hope was what kept him alive through half a dozen chemo sessions. It made him keep taking the drugs given free by Havemeyer Corporation, the ones that started a cure and then veered off in some horrible direction that left him skeleton-thin and coughing blood. And like he said to me towards the end, that was the thing about hope--you nurtured it, cradled it, kept it alive until it ran out and left you. The way it had four Decembers ago when he'd gripped my hand in a bizarre final-reflex action, breath rattling from his throat like paper being crushed.
And now I'm lying in bed staring at the ceiling. The first day of school, and there's no place I'd rather not be.