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Ember Hillen longed to become a doctor. But when her annual Aptitude Test scores offer her a chance to become her city's Holy Conduit, she will soon find that her life, and her purpose in her world, is about to change forever.

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Book 1 of The Utopian Problem trilogy

Society has reached its peak within the walled city of Utopia. While the outside world lies in inhospitable ruins, the city within brims with technological marvels—all thanks to a benevolent god that appeared during humanity’s darkest hour. But with the city on the verge of overpopulation, and the world outside not promised to be safe, time is running out for the Utopian people, and it’ll take one brave young woman to change the course of history.


Seventeen-year-old Ember Hillen has lived in the shadow of the god her entire life. With a promising future in medicine, she believes that her future is set in stone. What she doesn’t expect is for her Aptitude Test scores to come back with exemplary remarks—or to be chosen as her city’s next Holy Conduit.


As the Holy Conduit, Ember can connect with, and receive visions of, her god’s desires for the Utopian city. The only problem? Her god is implying that her people must somehow journey beyond their isolated city to build a new world in the wasteland. But with the mad leader of the premier engineering facility within Utopia attempting to sway Ember through whatever means possible, Ember must make a choice that will change a life forever. The only question is: can she withstand the storm that will follow?  

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Book 2 of The Utopian Problem trilogy

In the aftermath of the Utopian city’s devastation, Ember Hillen watches her people’s god attempt to leave the planet—only for it to come spiraling down in the process. As it crashes in the distance, leaving in its wake a shockwave that reverberates across the landscape, Ember believes her purpose has ended.


At least until the people from a neighboring city arrive.


Believing them to be their saviors, Ember rises to meet their questioning, and is arrested in the process. Charged with countless crimes against her city and its people, she is transported to the neighboring city of Arcadia to be judged by an artificial intelligence that could either save her life, or end it in the process.


Ember has always believed that the truth would set her free. But in a world where gods have ruled for centuries, and madmen have sought to undermine her every move, how can she hope to escape the cruel hand of fate?

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