In space. Underground. And out of time.

Twelve year old Christopher Nichols and his family live on a new planet, Perses, as colonists of Melming Mining’s Great Mission to save the earth. Dozens of families like Christopher’s have relocated, too, like his best friend Elena Rosales.

 

A communications blackout with Earth hits, and all of Perses is on its own for three months. It’s okay, though, because the colonists have prepared, stockpiling food and resources to survive.

 

But they never prepared for an attack.

 

Landers, as the attackers are called, obliterate the colony to steal the metal and raw ore. Christopher and a small group of survivors are forced into the maze of mining tunnels below the surface of Perses.

 

The kids run. They hide.

 

But can they survive?

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They were told to hide. They plan to fight.

The children of Perses have been receiving a message to hide, from Earth, for weeks. Christopher, Elena, and the other survivors of the attack on their space colony know two things: their victory over the Landers will be short-lived and a new wave of attacks is imminent.

 

New Landers arrive sooner than expected. Led by the ruthless Kirk Thatcher, and armed with a new lethal kind of digger, they vow to hunt down and destroy everyone.

 

The kids have nowhere to go but underground. Again. But resources and patience are running low and the struggle to keep everyone safe is complicated by all the infighting amongst the kids.

 

As Christopher navigates the burden of leadership, he also has to decide whom he can trust. There are no easy answers. And with deadly consequences on the line, there is no room for mistakes.

 

Will Christopher be able to successfully lead the group back to Earth? Or will Thatcher make sure no one survives?