The G.A.P. Project
YA Sci-Fi Suspense
Ginny Carrera’s hometown of Layton, Kansas has experienced a rash of kidnappings. Still when her parents install a panic room in her bedroom closet, she thinks they’ve gone a little overboard. That is, until she’s forced to use it. When she emerges, the life that greets her is nothing like the one she left behind.
In the space of a week, she finds herself fleeing a past she didn’t know existed. Her parents are not her parents, scientists designed her, and a U.S. senator has her in his sights. Worse than discovering she’s a genetic freak, is being chased by government factions who want the ‘proof’ of the program, the Genetically Altered Persons (GAPs), to disappear. Designed to survive a nuclear war, Ginny is the most valuable one. Senator Emerson intends to sell her valuable DNA – whole or in parts – to the highest bidder. With the help of lifelong friends, Toad and Mayo, she sets out to bring down the senator and his crew of human engineers.
Ginny’s goal is to blow the lid off the biggest scientific scandal of the century before the powers that be silence her, permanently. THE G.A.P. PROJECT is 67,000 words.
First 150 Words:
The overhead light flared on. Ginny grumbled as she opened one eye, and the green numbers on the alarm clock glared at her. 12:01. “It’s the middle of the freakin’ night.”
“Get up. It’s time,” Dad said, his eyes wide, his lips thinned. “Just like before.” He punched the code opening the panic room at the back of her closet. He had installed it last month while spouting a detailed explanation involving as much intrigue as a political thriller.
After the tenth kidnapping, parents across the tri-county area had taken extreme measures, but a panic room? Get real.
She stumbled on Grace, her stuffed pig – a gift from her friend, Toad. “Can I get my robe?”
The door silenced his response, if there was one. A sharp clank followed the sucking of the vacuum seal, and she found herself imprisoned by iron walls, cold and unwelcoming. A steel door threw back her distorted reflection.