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The prolific Walter Dean Myers steps into new territory with this near-possible-future scenario while keeping his pitch fine-tuned to the very human characters and conflicts we expect from his stories. Here, he explores a truly frightening and truly possible scenario - corporations have become either more powerful than governments, or so in league with them that it’s hard to differentiate the two. It’s long past clear whose interest they operate in, but a façade is kept that they have in mind what’s right for “the people.” This has not bode well for the world. It’s 2035, the richer are richer, and in exclusive gated communities or cities. The poorer are poorer, in gated communities of their own, to protect what little they have from the Sturmers, who have nothing to lose and roam the streets to take what they want.
Even though Dahlia, a teen of Dominican descent, lives in one of these poverty-and-hope stricken “gated” communities surrounded by defeat and apathy, she’s still got some hope and some fight in her. When she’s recruited by Michael for some sort of secret group, she goes. Michael is a mystery - he came to fame as a rocker, then dropped out of the public eye with the money he made. She’s finding out what he’s done with it: formed a team of young tech-savvy, tough, radically-minded folks who have been looking for the right fight to fight, and have maybe found it in a way to fight to G-8, the big Omni-corporation that runs everything. If the team can get past their differences and figure who are their allies and who are maybe terrorists, they might have a chance at making a difference - but it won’t be easy.
A great story for today when so many of us are trying to cut through all the confusing, conflicting huge current events, many of which take away our feeling of control in our own lives. What is worth fighting for? And even if you figure that out, how do you fight for it? Myers asks these tough questons here.