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PW2019 Adult #39: THE FRAILTY OF MATTER (Thriller)
JL Lycette
Mentored by:
Stephen Morgan
Book Title:
2019 Adult Entries
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Freshly-minted surgeon Hope Kestrel will take any edge she can get, especially if it means saving lives at PRIMA, Seattle’s experimental new healthcare facility.

Skeptical intern Jacie wants only to save her teen sister, denied treatment by the algorithm that was promised to save them all.

When unexpected patient deaths force a reluctant partnership, they unearth a dark world lurking just beneath our own—where Big Data enables Big Medicine.

They must weigh technology against humanity…and discover the hope we need to survive.



Hope Kestrel, High Resident at PRIMA, hastened down the glass-walled corridor and activated her smartglasses with a horizontal double-flick of her eyes. She rounded the corner without slowing, integrating the augmented-reality input with her visual fields. One more building to go—why did the inpatient center have to exist on the opposite side of the complex from her lab?

A flash of lightheadedness almost caused her to miss a step. Between admissions and the lab, she’d missed the alimentary center again. She shook it off. This patient couldn’t wait.

One last turn and she was there. Hope dismissed all other thoughts and charged into the patient’s room. She took in the nurse’s position on the opposite wall, even as her eye movements behind the smartglasses completed the standard admission orders.

The patient in the hospital bed struggled against the medical restraints, forearms straining, fingertips broad and flat—clubbed fingers, a telltale sign of chronic low oxygen. Deep lines encompassed his mouth and eyes and made him appear a decade older than his actual age of—Hope flicked her eyes to bring up his demographics—fifty-one.

The same age her mom would have been this year.

Hope blinked until her visual display came back into focus, then addressed the nurse. “Release his restraints.”

3 responses to “PW2019 Adult #39: THE FRAILTY OF MATTER (Thriller)”

  1. Marlo Berliner says:

    Love the premise and I’d like to read more! Please send the full with Pitchwars Adult in the subject line to marlo.jdlit@gmail.com. Looking forward to reading!

  2. Ann Leslie Tuttle says:

    THE FRAILTY OF MATTER has an intriguing premise, and I love the medical setting. Please do send the complete to me at atuttle@dystel.com. I look forward to reading.


    Ann Leslie Tuttle

  3. Colleen Oefelein says:

    I’d love to read the full!

    Please email me directly at colleen@adventurewrite.com. Paste your query and synopsis directly into the body and attach your full. Thanks and looking forward to reading!


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