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(Transformed Nexus #1)
by Stephanie Hansen
Science Fiction, Young Adult
Paperback, ebook & audiobook, 240 Pages
February 23, 2021 by Fire and Ice Young Adult Books
In the year 2163 a corrupt World Government controls everything on our planet and beyond.
Sixteen year-old Sierra has been so caught up in her own world of saving animal test subjects and her father’s disappearance, she hasn’t paid much attention. When she finally finds his location, she and her friend set off on a covert interplanetary mission to rescue him, she begins to see the corruption first hand.
Discovering that her father has been on the front lines secretly trying to save human test subjects inspires her to join a revolution. But she is afraid of the collateral damage of hurting the people she loves. Will she find the strength to make a deal with the mad scientist Cromwell to save not just her friends and family but everyone?
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Replaced Parts Book Excerpt
I think I can hear the machines used to keep the atmosphere from collapsing but the sound isn’t right. Instead of a hum, I hear iron clanging. The serum glides through the syringe into Eucarpo and her breathing intensifies as the cells within her body multiply. No, that isn’t the machines. It’s locker doors slamming, followed by footsteps of someone coming down the hall. No one should be here now. They should all be at the assembly that I’m skipping. I must finish before anyone else arrives. I look at the oxygen and pulse readings, cringing with every spike. It feels like an hour passes as I look at the screens, but I know it’s only been seconds. I count breaths and clock ticks, staring at Eucarpo’s oxygen and platelet numbers rising.
“Come on, the science minds keep refreshments in here.”
I think I recognize the voice coming down the hall. Every muscle in my body wants to stiffen, but I can’t freeze now.
Luckily, the serum is fast acting and Eucarpo’s readings are settling. I inject the awakening treatment and then I throw the syringes and all remaining evidence into the incinerator. The burning and sanitizing process will turn these things into energy or something else useful. Eucarpo stirs a little when I hear the door sensor click.
As the voltball captain and visual arts queen walk in, I step in front of Eucarpo.
“Look, we found someone avoiding the assembly,” Milcah says as she nudges Danver in the ribs with her elbow.
“Didn’t want to surround yourself with the rest of the school body, Sierra?” Danver asks.
“Looks like I’m not the only one.”
“Hey, we have authorized passes.” Milcah pulls out the sensor card that allowed her access to this room.
Milcah’s mom is a World Government politician, consequently she gets whatever she desires, not that she needs much help. She’s beautiful in that genetically enhanced kind of way. Nevertheless, it didn’t help her when she wanted to sneak into the locker room off hours. I had to override the code for her. It hasn’t seemed to put me in her good graces as I’d hoped it would. I roll my eyes.
“I just needed to work on a project. Why are you here?”
“Thought you were banned from working solo,” Danver says.
“Like you two don’t cross lines now and then. Like cheating on an exam…I still have proof of that you know.”
“Yeah, but that seems to be all you do. Is it because your dad ran off? My mom says he escaped with a sexy scientist,” Milcah adds.
A bitter taste enters my mouth at the mention of my dad. I pinch the skin on the back of my hand aggressively to keep the haunting premonitions at bay. The media attention the day he vanished causes repeat coverage every anniversary.
So, while I’d like to forget, though there’s no way I could. Everyone around me is reminded of it too like a reoccurring nightmare.
“Shut up! You don’t know anything about him.”
“Yeah, I think they’re in Barbados studying sea life. Bet you wish you were with him.” Danver chuckles, enjoying getting under my skin.
“That’s it.” I grab a beaker, readying to throw it. Milcah’s the smaller target, but Danver’s muscles would possibly act as his own shield. Before I can decide whom to throw the beaker at, I hear another voice.
“Who here?” Eucarpo’s awake.
Excerpted from Replaced Parts by Stephanie Hansen, Copyright © 2021 by Stephanie Hansen. Published by Fire and Ice Young Adult Books.
About Stephanie Hansen
Stephanie Hansen is a PenCraft Award Winning Author. Her short story, Break Time, and poetry has been featured in Mind’s Eye literary magazine. The Kansas Writers Association published her short story, Existing Forces, appointing her as a noted author. She has held a deep passion for writing since early childhood, but a brush with death caused her to allow it to grow. She’s part of an SCBWI critique group in Lawrence, KS and two local book clubs. She attends many writers’ conferences including the Writing Day Workshops, New York Pitch, Penned Con, New Letters, All Write Now, Show Me Writers Master Class, BEA, and Nebraska Writers Guild conference as well as Book Fairs and Comic-Cons. She is a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community.
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