The Optimal State: Live Backwards
Alfred Stewart, author
The Barrier- an impenetrable wall – separates the Suburban citizens from the degenerates of the crime-ridden Inner City. But teenage girls begin to disappear from Suburbia. A government agent tasked with piecing together the events of the high-profile case, inadvertently comes across Kade Sparks. The college dropout, Kade, drifts aimlessly toward adulthood, when he receives a mysterious speaker box in the mail. Demanding compliance, the speaker forces Kade into submission in deadly ways. His task is to move beyond the Barrier’s protection and into the wasteland of The Inner City. Armed with an arsenal of innovative devices, Kade has a goal to work toward: a goal which intertwines his fate with those of the missing Suburban girls. Unable to look away, the agent witnesses as Kade's life transforms from average Suburban citizen into a much darker one. Told through the agent’s review of Suburban resident’s memories, The Optimal State twists and bends throughout, leaving the reader- and the agent – guessing until the explosive end.