For Maranda, a foster child cycling through the system, it’s hard holding onto any one family, not least because they need her to protect them—and protect them she will, even if it means setting fire to a house or destroying city property. After all, when the silent war is done, they will be there to guide humanity to a brighter future of symbiosis…

After taking a voluntary layoff to spend more time at home with his daughter, Craig finds himself more and more unsettled by the young girl’s insistence on spending time with her imaginary friends. His wife thinks he’s merely being paranoid, but there’s something strange about Tamara, and the things her friends tell her to do…

When twins Jessica and James are assigned a school project to capture and mount a slew of insects, they clash over his enthusiasm and her apathy—until things get really out of hand one night and Jessica finds herself the newest Recruit…


Given a rare opportunity to read an antique manuscript at his library, a rich book-lover jumps at the chance to handle an original 18th-century book destined for a museum. It’s not every day one gets to read such ancient tomes, after all. But shortly after touching the pages, things take a turn for the worse…