GENRE: YA Sci-Fi
On an alien planet called Haven, human refugees fleeing their dying world have been quarantined by the creepily stoic and strange looking Locals. Seventeen-year-old Hope and her ex-boyfriend are among the specimens undergoing mysterious holographic simulations in the Stacks.
The walk down the round white tunnel that led to our Stack for the day felt like a slow march toward doom. I knew the other Specs ahead of me and behind me were all feeling the same thing. What would today bring? Sometimes there were repeats. Another tornado hurtling at us at full speed? Or a herd of large, hairy, hump backed beasts that would charge the ten of us any minute?
Maybe it would be something simple. A simple session would be good today. Dress us up in funny costumes and play music. They’d done that once. Just to see what we would do. I think that’s what that was… unless we were supposed to do something and we didn’t. Every time, we tried to maintain a team spirit. That was important above all else. Not only because a lot of the Specs thought what I did, that the sessions were a test of some kind. But also because we had to be a team because if it was a bad day in the Stacks, working together was the only way to survive.
Someone nudged me from behind and I turned to see Weeks grinning at me from ear to ear. Weeks got his name from parents who’d given in to the doomsday thinking back on Earth, near the end. Some of the kids had names like his now. Days, Weeks, Hours. They’d named their kid after the amount of time they thought they had left. But instead of turning out gloomy and depressed, Weeks was an incontrovertible optimist.