The cover for Novices, with the silhouetted figures of two boys gazing across a farm field at sunrise toward a ruined city skyline.

Heroes. Growing up. The moment recruiter Joe Mitani meets Carl Jenson, he knows he’s found something special. Finding suitable trainees for internships at the bleeding edge of a new psychiatric research field is no easy task.

Few of the teens Joe interviews have the rare blend of brains and heart needed for the job. Even fewer come to the bargaining table with a psychically-gifted brother.

Carl shows up with both. Joe takes the package deal. Landing a prospect like Carl is worth the expense of adding his unexpected sibling to the roster.

Eddie Jenson is as talented in his own way as his brother is, and the Rydder Institute for Analytical Psychiatry specializes in developing exceptional talents. As far as Joe knows, there’s every reason for two boys with extraordinary potential to thrive there.

It’s the secrets he doesn’t know that will soon put Carl, Eddie and countless others in peril.

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