THE BALANCE is a Young Adult novel, set in a dystopian future.
It takes place almost 200 years after a global thermonuclear war.
People in the Land survived the destruction of the world war only to have their lives disrupted again by a wayward asteroid.
It broke up and rained down on the planet, just as life had begun to regain a sense of normalcy.
This second tragedy disturbed the power sharing arrangement between the two leading factions that had helped rebuild the Land–the Council, and the Order–under an agreement called “The Balance.”
The Council’s leaders exploited the chaos that followed and drove the Order and its members into exile.
Afterward, the Council banned the use of most modern technology, which their leaders blamed for the war.
Seventeen year old Phoebe was the last product of the Order’s genetic engineering programs, and she lives under the Council’s rule.
Phoebe doesn’t understand why she’s so different from everyone else, and she struggles to survive while hiding her strangeness.
Members of the exiled Order have come to realize her condition and their leader, a Prescient, sees a potential in her that might allow them to regain their place in society, and to re-establish The Balance.