Perfection by Melissa Koberlein (Ashwater Book 2)
English | 2020 | Young Adult | ePUB | 2.9 MB
She’s got an eye for fashion and kill shots.
Fresh off the assembly line at Bio-Core, Iris is Ashwater’s newest teen android, and she’s determined to fit in. When she steps into the local clothing shop, she feels an instant connection and overwrites her killer instincts with miniskirts and cropped sweaters.
And that’s not the only thing consuming her memory files…
Gage had the perfect jump shot. But after a terrible family secret threatens to turn his world upside down, he’ll be lucky to make it through the season. His only solace is with Iris, a perfect girl created in his family’s lab. When he learns that she’s harboring a secret too, one that could destroy them both, he must choose—succumb to the family curse or embrace it.
“Missed it!” Luke said.
The ball left Gage’s fingertips and bounced off the rim back toward him. “Damn it.” He threw the ball at Luke with extra effort. “Where have you been? We were supposed to start half an hour ago. The rest of the team will be here in like fifteen minutes.”
“Unlike rich, pretty boys, some of us have to work.” Luke caught the ball and grinned. “I was up until three helping Celia clean under the counters. You have no idea how much gum was under there.”
Luke worked at his parent’s diner, Dixon’s, along with his twin brother, Derrick. Gage wasn’t sure why working late scraping gum was an occasion to smile, but he was clearly pleased with himself.
“I’m not pretty,” Gage retorted.
“Um, yes you are.” Luke jettisoned the basketball back at Gage.
Gage shrugged and dribbled the ball a few times before taking a shot. The ball swooshed through the net. Luke grabbed the rebound and went for a layup. The ball sailed through the basket, and he rebounded and tossed the ball back to Gage.
“So what’s the scoop with your mom and brother?” Luke asked. “You haven’t said a word since you found out about them.”
Gage frowned. He didn’t know how he felt about what was happening with his family, let alone how to explain it. His granddad had kept the truth about his mom from him because there was little to no hope she’d ever recover. She was hurt during an experiment at Bio-Core shortly after he was born. Gage had a difficult time understanding how his granddad could lie to him about his own mother, but the pain in his eyes told him that the decision had weighed on him a great deal. The reality was that his granddad should have let her go a long time ago but he was unable to do it. His granddad thought it best that Gage not see her for the time being. Said she wouldn’t want him to see her in the state she’s in.
To be honest, Gage was kind of grateful for the reprieve. He didn’t know how he felt about seeing a mother he never knew.
“I haven’t seen my mom. My grandfather said we shouldn’t rush it, given the state she’s in.” He took a jump shot.
Luke rebounded and shot, missing the basket. “Sorry to hear that. Sucks, dude.”
“And don’t get me started on my…brother.” It was still hard to say out loud.
Gage cringed at the sound of his name. The guy was a complete douchebag. The fact that they looked exactly alike made things even more difficult to sort through. “Yeah.”
“So, do you think you two will ever, like, be cool?” Luke was speaking from a completely different perspective. He had a twin brother that he grew up with. His situation was different from his with Steel.
Gage had never met his brother until a few weeks ago, and there was the fact that he could speak to him through thoughts. Not to mention the matter of Steel trying to kill Evie’s dad. “I don’t think that’s possible.”