All Ruby Behl wants for her seventeenth birthday is a good career path match, and to kiss her best friend and long time crush, Wesley Fairchild. Unfortunately, the simplicity of teenage wishes evaporated a decade ago when the Tercera virus nearly wiped out the human race. Transmitted through touch, the slightest contact is prohibited in the safe haven community of Port Gibson.
The Genome Project
Risen from the ashes of civil war, the Western Allied States ruthlessly eradicate any threat to the new union. Traitors are executed without trial, their families seized. But a terrifying plague is sweeping through the nation. Its victims do not die—they change. People call them the Chead, and where they walk, destruction follows.
Desperate to stop its spread, the government turns to the children of traitors for a solution.