Your world’s water supply is reaching its finite end. Aquifers are drying, and water is being divided between production of food, medicine, and agriculture. When America found itself on the brink of Malthusian catastrophe, population control was installed for the greatest good for the greatest possible number of people. Inevitable is a near-future legal thriller which is driven both by the transformations of its characters, and the protagonist’s attempt to escape his early death.
Benjamin Zachary expects to receive his Fairness In Nature And Life Act (FINAL) letter from The Office of Population Management, but he grows suspicious and nervous when he fails to receive it within the customary days after turning twenty one. While his mind grows with fear of The Office, he also entertains the exciting possibility that he may have been forgotten, as he teeters between emotional and logical responses.
Ben soon learns that his hope is unwarranted and he is being accused of a crime he did not commit for a second time. He is wanted for immediate trial by Panel Hearing. Once he is caught, he struggles to face his own death, knowing that he has little chance of defeating The Office at its own game. He has no lawyer to represent him, no knowledge of the rules of the hearing process, and he finds that the Panel that is going to decide his fate is hand-picked by his adversary, Office Director Dante Ringer.
His only hope is his friend, Patricia Mullins, whose cold acknowledgment of The Office’s necessity juxtaposed with her feelings for her friend, twist her into conflicting directions. But Ben is compelled to rely on Patricia’s brilliant mind because she is able to see past the distractions of what she believes, and focus on what she can prove.
During the course of his Panel Hearing, he finds himself in the position he so detests. He is forced to choose between his own life and the lives of innocents. He has a choice between doing what he knows is just by freeing himself of a crime he did not commit, and letting himself perish. But he feels that if he chooses himself first, he has harmed another. And resigns himself to the fate that awaits everyone, choosing to do what he believes is right over what he knows is fair.
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