If you had to leave the world, what would you miss the most? Not your friends and family (they can come with you); you have to leave the world itself. Fields and streams, mountains and oceans, even blizzards and thunderstorms must be left behind.
Would you miss the scent of salt coming off the ocean? Maybe the victorious feeling of summiting a mountain? Maybe it’s busy streets and rock concerts that you would pine for.
Nola Kent grew up without any of those things. Kept safe from the dangers of a failing world behind glass walls.
The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.
Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.
To save the human race, the people of the domes gave up their place in the world. No more walks on the beach, no more dancing in the rain. All of the pleasures that we are surrounded by have no place in the domes.
Sure, they have food to eat, houses to live in, even a hot shower after a long day’s work. But they’re trapped, making themselves prisoners of safety in an attempt at survival. Safety at the cost of liberty.
Could you do it? Could you make the choice to separate yourself from the world, knowing that you would need to stay locked away for generations in order for the world to become safe for habitation?
And if there were a chance to live in the outside world, sacrificing your humanity to gain your freedom, which would you choose?
A life in open air as a part of a suffering world, or beautiful, unrelenting safety?