Cinder meets Orphan Black. Tessara is the princess’s devoted body double—until she slips and reveals her real name to an enemy hacker. To avoid execution for treason, she must convince him she’s the true princess. As her lies unravel and her traitorous feelings for him deepen, Tessara grapples with a brutal possibility: the greatest danger to her planet may be the princess she’s sworn to protect.
The stars are taunting me again.
They lure my attention from the closed door, reminding me of the distant worlds hidden in the vast night sky. I don’t dare imagine what it’d be like to visit them one day. No, my dreams are much smaller: the Azivan sun on my skin. Fresh air. Second helpings of dessert. Cautious aspirations, but as far from my grasp as these damn stars.
My hands curl into fists, nails piercing the delicate skin of my palms. When you’re the princess’s body double, dreams are treacherous things.
The door scrapes open. I jump to my feet, finally leaving—
“It’s only me.” Princess Stella flashes me a sympathetic smile before she pulls the heavy door closed. Thanks to my cosmetic surgeries, we are identical. Yet her limbs manage to look longer. More graceful.
A knot forms in my throat. I hope no one notices that tonight.
She lifts a perfectly arched brow. “You’ve been pacing the whole time, haven’t you?”
I fill my lungs with the stale room air I’ve breathed for months, then let it out slowly. “He’s late.”
“He’s on his way.”
She nods, her eyes alight.
My heart clamors against my rib cage as I gape at the door behind her. Once it opens, my longest assignment to date will begin. I’ll have days—maybe even weeks—outside my room.
And I’m ready.