ΓÇ£Next to impossible to put down . . . exciting,mysteriousand totally satisfying.ΓÇ¥ΓÇöSTEPHEN KING From the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage comes a riveting standalone novel about a group of survivors on a hidden island utopiaΓÇöwhere the truth isn’t what it seems. Founded by the mysterious genius known as the Designerthe archipelago of Prospera lies hidden from the horrors of a deteriorating outside world. In this island paradiseProsperaΓÇÖs lucky citizens enjoy longfulfilling lives until the monitors embedded in their forearmsmeant to measure their physical health and psychological well-beingfall below 10 percent. Then they retire themselvesembarking on a ferry ride to the island known as the Nurserywhere their failing bodies are renewedtheir memories are wiped cleanand they are readied to restart life afresh. Proctor Bennettof the Department of Social Contractshas a satisfying career as a ferrymangently shepherding people through the retirement processΓÇöandwhen necessaryenforcing it. But all is not well with Proctor. For one thingheΓÇÖs been dreamingΓÇöwhich is supposed to be impossible in Prospera. For anotherhis monitor percentage has begun to drop alarmingly fast. And then comes the day he is summoned to retire his own fatherwho gives him a disturbing and cryptic message before being wrestled onto the ferry. Meanwhilesomething is stirring. The Support Staffordinary men and women who provide the labor to keep Prospera runninghave begun to question their place in the social order. Unrest is buildingand there are rumors spreading of a resistance groupΓÇöknown as ΓÇ£ArrivalistsΓÇ¥ΓÇöwho may be fomenting revolution. Soon Proctor finds himself questioning everything he once believedentangled with a much bigger cause than he realizedΓÇöand on a desperate mission to uncover the truth.
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