Picture it if you will, Debbie, a girl of seventeen who faces every day with dread as she is a victim of bullying. Her life is simple; she works hard in a farming community by fixing and maintaining machinery. The world that she lives in believes that production is more important than people. Debbie journey’s starts from being the victim of bullying onto becoming an Officer, carrying all the emotional baggage through to the end, as she judges people’s lives, By Blade and Thunder and comes out, a well-adjusted woman who smiles at the sight of blood and death.
The story is set in the future, where the Inventor and the Programmer set free their creation of Micro Machines. This release reduces the world’s population to well under one billion. Their motivation was to improve the stability of the human genome and eliminate genetic flaws and disease by the Program’s breeding criteria. This is the world where Debbie lives and works; she is part of production and is kept in line by Officers. They are highly trained, well respected and feared. Debbie admires only one, Samson, an Officer who saved her as a child. She has many questions for him, only to learn that he is dead. The Officer numbers are low and they call out for those eligible to be tested. The book follows Debbie’s journey from a girl who has been bullied to an Officer who finds her talent of killing. She is rage, madness and a little psychotic, but her belief in what is right is unwavering. Debbie is hiding two secrets of her own, one she can visualise at a touch what a machine needs to be fixed, and two, she is the first to have stable DNA. She is able to communicate with the program within herself and is able to alter herself to become a strong fighter both in strength and lack of empathy for the grey areas in life.