Tainted

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Tainted is a short novel that takes place in the years 2025 and 2165. It explains two parallel storylines. The first explains the struggle of a family trying to get themselves up to the Odyssey, and the second, struggling to stay on.

The Odyssey was a Space Station created by three rich nations- America, Russia, and China. As a last hope to create a non hostile environment for the worlds richest tycoons and their families so that they can escape the dying and polluted planet basking in lethal radiation from the solar storm. The Odyssey was only halfway finished before nuclear and civil wars broke out among the three nations. The station made a desperate decision to save any humanity, not just the rich, but the only catch was that your genetics had to be clear of any disease carrying genes. The three countries set up stations which would take a blood sample from a person to see if their genetics are so called “perfect”. The Berstand family that is trying to get up to the Odyssey is far from perfect, but they do have one chance to get a ticket- their genius and resolute mother Holly. Using her finesse, she created a virus which allowed her to receive a ticket, but the stations malfunctioned and started to accept anyone on to the Odyssey. The story follows the events afterwards.
The second story is takes place multiple generations after the Odyssey was created. In order to maintain the perfect environment on the Odyssey, the ship issued a blood test to be taken when a citizen turns sixteen as a repercussion for the virus. The test was supposed to eliminate any possibility of “Taints”, taints being people whose ancestors got a ticket due to the virus. Taints pose a threat as they are more susceptible to disease and can alter the perfect genetics on the ship. Any Taints with a “tainted” blood level higher than 80 percent are sent to live out their life in containment 5T, any prisoner with levels higher than 90 percent are sent to Earth to eliminate any chance of them passing on the genetics. The story follows a family whose teenage daughter Neri is classified as the highest threat to the Odyssey because her level is 98 percent. She is sent to Earth and soon enough a terrible secret is found out about her family.

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Submitted: February 13, 2015

Tainted is a short novel that takes place in the years 2025 and 2165. It explains two parallel storylines. The first explains the struggle of a family trying to get themselves up to the Odyssey, and the second, struggling to stay on.

The Odyssey was a Space Station created by three rich nations- America, Russia, and China. As a last hope to create a non hostile environment for the worlds richest tycoons and their families so that they can escape the dying and polluted planet basking in lethal radiation from the solar storm. The Odyssey was only halfway finished before nuclear and civil wars broke out among the three nations. The station made a desperate decision to save any humanity, not just the rich, but the only catch was that your genetics had to be clear of any disease carrying genes. The three countries set up stations which would take a blood sample from a person to see if their genetics are so called “perfect”. The Berstand family that is trying to get up to the Odyssey is far from perfect, but they do have one chance to get a ticket- their genius and resolute mother Holly. Using her finesse, she created a virus which allowed her to receive a ticket, but the stations malfunctioned and started to accept anyone on to the Odyssey. The story follows the events afterwards.
The second story is takes place multiple generations after the Odyssey was created. In order to maintain the perfect environment on the Odyssey, the ship issued a blood test to be taken when a citizen turns sixteen as a repercussion for the virus. The test was supposed to eliminate any possibility of “Taints”, taints being people whose ancestors got a ticket due to the virus. Taints pose a threat as they are more susceptible to disease and can alter the perfect genetics on the ship. Any Taints with a “tainted” blood level higher than 80 percent are sent to live out their life in containment 5T, any prisoner with levels higher than 90 percent are sent to Earth to eliminate any chance of them passing on the genetics. The story follows a family whose teenage daughter Neri is classified as the highest threat to the Odyssey because her level is 98 percent. She is sent to Earth and soon enough a terrible secret is found out about her family.
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