When every midlife crisis might cause a national emergency, getting older means more than going gray.
Superpowered grandmothers, courageous Marines, and extraordinary teens: welcome to a reality where every midlife crisis might become a national emergency.
A third of the world’s population carries the potential to “roll into power.” No one can predict which few will actually go through the change, but there’s one, tragic certainty: rolling before the age of forty is a death sentence.
Passing into middle age might be uneventful, marked by one more candle on a birthday cake, or it might lead to becoming a human fireball, drowning a city, or teleporting into outer space.
Rough Passages connects eight stories of people forever changed by the powers that disrupt their lives. Here are some highlights:
- A single mother with two jobs whose new talent improves her life beyond her wildest dreams.
- A Marine captain tasked with investigating crimes committed by a squad of super-soldiers.
- A grandmother, torn from home and family, abused and imprisoned, who must choose between revenge and forgiveness.
- A teenager afraid to take the R-factor test that will define her future, who learns there are worse things to fear than a positive result.