A teenage captive. A corrupt society. With the fate of the world in the balance, one outlier could tip the scales towards salvation or disaster. Alex Barret is determined to rise above his station and prove his worth to his true love's wealthy family. But in a nation where the elite few lord over the dirt-poor masses, he knows the odds are stacked against him. So when he undergoes the Appraisal--a coming-of-age procedure that's supposed to alter life expectancy--he never dreams he'll be the one exception to the rule... Whisked away to a high-tech lab, Alex endures brutal experimentation at the hands of a secret society. Caged and confused, when he finally pieces together the awful truth behind his mysterious abduction, he realizes he must escape to warn the world of a treacherous plot. Against a threat that could echo across dozens of lifetimes, can Alex find the strength to resist before more than just his future comes to a bloody end? Vita Aeterna is a darkly crafted YA sci-fi thriller. If you like gritty dystopian worlds, fast-paced action, and captivating stories of survival, then you'll love Jay Allan Storey's edgy coming-of-age tale.