ALICE IN WONDERLAND meets Scalzi’s COLLAPSING EMPIRE: A heist gone wrong leaves Alice with an unwanted AI implant that can control her body and memories. The only way to separate is to find the AI’s original vessel. Alice turns to the last man in the universe she wants to see for help—her father. But while sharing her brain is killing Alice, returning the AI to its vessel could lead to the enslavement of all sentient life.
Alice broke the heel of her shoe off when she kicked the CEO of Robespierre Shipping in the face. Satisfying as it was at the time, casually walking down the corridor with a missing heel attracted unwanted glances. People stared as she stumbled by, stopping to point and whisper.
Alice’s pulse roared in her ears. Stupid Cheshire. Stupid, sloppy iguan.
Someone placed a hand on her shoulder. “Excuse me?”
Alice shrugged it off and kept moving along without a second glance. She hadn’t gone ten steps before her good heel struck a slick spot on the floor and slid out from under her. Clutching the wall for balance, Alice bent over with a huff and ripped off the offending shoes, hurling them away with a growl. She was starting to worry the egg she was here to steal wasn’t going to be worth the trouble.
The metal floor chilled her bare feet, but at least her gait would draw less attention. As she turned the corner, her earpiece buzzed. Alice ignored the call and continued on. After two right turns, she ducked inside the locker room and barred the door, wrinkling her nose at the sour blend of body odor and disinfectant. Her ear was still buzzing, so with an irritated tap of her fingertip to her earlobe, she accepted the incoming call.