by Emma Trevayne
Release Date: September 13th 2016
He’s funny, he’s a moody teenager, and most of all, he’s desperate. He’s dying, courtesy of a heart defect. Playing Chimera and earning a new heart is his best chance at long-term survival, but the exertion could also kill him. Being stuck between that rock and hard place leads him to make some interesting and sometimes terrible decisions. It also makes him appreciate the things he has, though maybe not enough. He loves his best friend Nick pretty fiercely.
It was actually originally inspired by a tweet, of all things, but I’m not sure I can say what it was because again, spoilers. The influence of all the biomechanical body parts comes from me. I have a machine in my body to control a medical condition. The day is going to come when those “enhancements” are as voluntary as plastic surgery. And as easy as getting your ears pierced. It’s already happening, to an extent. There are people who implant contactless payment chips under their skin so they can just touch the readers with their hands. There are a couple of cases of people having cameras implanted instead of prosthetic eyes to replace eyes they’ve lost through illness or injury. Things like this will become more and more common.
“Their brains came last, a delicate balance between human enough to be cruel and machine enough to act on it.”