An Exciting start to the new, standalone, series from the author of the award-winning Lives of Tao trilogy. Ella Patel - thief, con-artist and smuggler - is in the wrong place at the wrong time. One night, on the border of a demilitarized zone run by the body-swapping alien invaders, she happens upon a man and woman being chased by a group of assailants. The man freezes, leaving the woman to fight off five attackers at once, before succumbing. As she dies, a sparkling light that rises from the woman enters Ella. She soon realizes she's been inhabited by Io, a low-ranking Quasing who was involved in some of the worst decisions in history. Now Ella must now help the alien presence complete her mission and investigate a rash of murders in the border states that maintain the frail peace. With the Prophus assigned to help her seemingly wanting to stab her in the back, and the enemy Genjix hunting her, Ella must also deal with Io's annoying inferiority complex. To top it all off, Ella thinks the damn alien voice in her head is trying to get her killed. And if you can't trust the voices in your head, who can you trust?* Wesley's debut was a GoodReads Book of the Year finalist & won the John W. Campbell and American Library Association's Alex Award.* Wes is a charming yet ruthless self-promoter who has made a strong name for himself in online world SF community.