QUERY VERSION #? Rebellion leader Star and the people of Earth know nothing about their king, except his name: Jacob.
After a century of apocalyptic weather, Jacob has risen as the world's biggest threat. He subjugated the remaining governments, instituted slave trades, and killed millions to secure power. Frustrated with fruitless raids and unavailing discourse, Star wants Jacob dead. Jacob has veiled himself in secrecy, but new spy intel finally offers a chance to assassinate the global dictator.
When the attack fails, Star is captured by Jacob. He reads her thoughts, claims to be good, and refuses to explain how either are possible. Engaging him in conversations, Star hunts for a weakness to report to the rebellion. Yet hours alone with his cold charisma rouse a terrifying desire to learn more about Jacob … and not so she can defeat him.
When he offers the truth about his power in exchange for her allegiance, Star faces a choice. She can stand by an ineffective but virtuous rebellion, or she can indulge her curiosity by joining an unbreakable, persuasive tyrant. The former will risk her life. The latter will risk her soul.