Extraordinary powers come with a price.
Fifteen year old Luca has the charm, a gift he inherited from his mum. Charmers can control minds, but they abide by a code—to only use the power for good, and only with the person’s permission. Luca knows breaking the code is wrong, and his mum would kill him if he tried!
But when a rogue charmer uses the power for criminal means, the Restorative government jumps in. Luca’s mum is imprisoned and the Register for Charmers is announced. The media creates a frenzy of fear and suspicion against charmers.
Believing the family is in peril, and wishing to keep Luca’s gift a secret, Luca’s dad takes them to stay with a friend in the country. Here, Luca meets Fee, a computer genius who can hack into anything. Fee introduces Luca to an underground rebellion group of internet hackers who have their own issues with the Restoratives and their own way of protesting.
Fearful of how the Restoratives are treating his mum in prison and concerned about their motives for creating the Register of Charmers, Luca must make an impossible choice—break the rules and use his gift or stand by and watch as the power is abused.
I blocked out the chattering of the pub to hear the reporter. “On this, the deadline day for charmers to register, the government’s road and rail network computer systems have been severely disrupted. Rail signals and traffic controls appear to have been overridden, causing mayhem on the transport network and serious problems for travellers.”
The TV displayed a close up of the transport website then zoomed in on a small picture. I recognised it at once and watched with horror as it enlarged on the screen.
The reporter announced, “A small image which appears to be a butterfly with fangs was left on the site along with the words, ‘Give Restoratives the Red Light.’ The authorities are as yet unaware of the origin of this symbol. No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.”
About the Author
Jojo has a vivid imagination and likes to make up stories. Her friends call it lying but she calls it writing. She lives mainly in a dream world with her partner and a house full of small furry animals. It’s a carefree happy place where everything is bright and fluffy.
Jojo’s other passion is football (soccer). As well as playing and helping to run a club, she works as a football development officer in Cambridgeshire, England.
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