The not-so-distant future of 2040 is populated mostly by millennials and the robots to whom humanity has delegated menial labor. The government is all-powerful and all-intrusive; privacy is a thing of the past. Optimal, a biogenetics company, bucks the system with its hidden lab, but the founder’s good intentions have given way to dangerous experimentation.
Optimal offers a “miracle” serum that can supposedly help citizens escape their miserable lives through a change of identity. Four women jump at the chance. Maggie seeks fame; Jasmine is desperate for beauty. Sydney’s heart’s desire is wealth; Lena just wants revenge.
But getting what they’ve always wanted comes with rivalry, exploitation, and blackmail, and when they discover Optimal’s underground torture chamber, they learn why the lab was hidden so deep in the forest…
Cynthia Kumanchik is the author of several young adult and women’s novels. She attended the University of Missouri–Columbia, graduating with a degree in journalism. She is a marketing and public relations professional. Cynthia lives with her husband in Pasadena, California.