Title: Enslavement (One Bright Future, #1)
Author: Melinda Friesen
Publication date: October 31, 2014
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing Inc.
“One world. One currency. One bright future.”
That’s the promise made by OneEarth Bank after a global economic collapse–but only for those who accept the insertion of a commerce chip.
When Rielle’s parents refuse to comply, government officials tear her family apart. As punishment for her parent’s crimes, Rielle is forced into a Community Service Contract–a legalized form of slavery–and sold a wealthy, abusive banker.
The Banker’s secrets hold the key to Rielle’s freedom, but will she risk prison or even death to escape and search for her family?
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Excerpt from chapter three: One Bright Future
I WAIT IN THE FREEZING WIND BEHIND a dozen others for my turn to be loaded onto a bus. Snowflakes swirl around me. The restraints around my ankles and wrists conduct the cold to my skin, like icy knives digging into my flesh. Chains clank as Contracts pivot away from the whipping north wind.
Security officers holding rifles diagonally across their chests are stationed around the edge of the parking lot. Snow partially obscures an officercrouched on the roof of the facility with his gun trained on us. I scan the surrounding buildings. More gunmen. Seems like overkill for a group of bound and terrified teens.
The chain of Contracts tugs me toward the solar bus. Its magnetic skis rest on parallel steel ribbons, sunk into cracked asphalt. The door folds open and the line begins to file in, one kid at a time, until an officer scans the chip of the boy in front of me. “Grafton, Adam. Contract number 08629.” The boy climbs aboard and another officer removes his chains. Then he walks down the aisle to choose a seat.
My turn. The guard scans my chip. “James, Rielle. Contract number 08645,” the device chants. The officer’s eyes widen. “James,” he says, as though it’s a curse. The guard unlocking the chains snaps his head in my direction.
What’s going on? Why would my name bring that reaction last night and again now? It’s as though it’s familiar to them—and not in a good way.
Perplexed, I climb the bus stairs and hold out my wrists, eager to be free of the frigid metal. The officer pauses and a scowl sours his face. He jerks my hands and jams the key into the lock on the cuffs. He leans in and his hot breath singes my ear. “You people are finally getting what you deserve.”
About the Author
Melinda Friesen writes novels for teens and short stories. Her contest winning short stories have appeared in various periodical and an anthology. Enslavement, book one in the One Bright Future series, is her first novel.
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