It's 2065. Those born with magic abilities live in government-run zones, without rights or freedoms. Fear of magic created this segregated world and fear keeps it intact.
A high-profile murder brings Detective Nathan Perez to Magic Born Zone 13. He's had little experience with the Magic Born and isn't sure what to expect during his first encounter with a witch, but he never thought he'd be so drawn to her.
Trancehacker Calla Vesper uses magic to break into computers and aid the Magic Born underground. She has no interest in helping a cop, even if he is smoking-hot, but money's tight and Nate offers a tidy amount for help navigating the Zone. Calla's determined to keep it all business, but sparks start flying before the investigation even gets started.
When Calla's trancehacking and Nathan's investigation uncover a conspiracy, Calla becomes a target. Nate can protect her by keeping her role a secret-but then who will protect Nate?
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The sci-fi, romance and characters are all believable. I would like see this book continued into a series.
Neither the romance or the sci-fi overwhelmed the characterizations. The people behaved in the context of the society. I want to know what happens to the politics. Apartheid is inherent unstable. In the midst of the politics, people did their best to be happy.
I think she makes Calla, Nate and the club owner come to life.
Happiness in the face of injustice.
The description didn't do the story justice. I almost didn't listen to it. I'm glad I did.