The best lie is the one everyone wants to believe…
During a routine tour to Earth, first-year cadet Catita Johns witnesses the murder of her immortal twin, Ry Johns: something she believed to be impossible. When the incident is covered up, Catita’s forced to take her sister’s post on the dreaded Queen’s immortal army to find out who killed her sister and why. She’s prepared to do whatever it takes, including living the rest of her life as someone else.
When Tek, a mercenary and partisan, is offered a chance to get the cure his little sister needs, he has no choice but to accept. Even if it means leaving his home for Mars, the land of the immortal brats. He agrees to escort the Queen’s daughter back to Earth, where she’ll be forced to go into hiding. But the princess is neither defenseless nor willing to do as she’s told.
As both Catita and Tek struggle to do right by their loved ones, their paths cross and they soon find themselves in the middle of a century-old feud to control the virus that gives its host immortality.
— 2017 On The Far Side Contest Finalist
— BookLife Prize in Fiction Semi-Finalist 2016. Here’s the Critic’s Report from a Publishers Weekly reviewer.