Ash Palmer found the perfect way to commit suicide. It’s foolproof, painless, and it pays well.
He’ll be helping a big tech company out of a bind: the robotic fighting vehicles they promised to deliver aren’t working very well. Even the most inexperienced human could do a better job. Thus, Ash will be hidden inside a vehicle that’s supposed to be unmanned, going into battles that are sure to get him killed.
Ash turns out to be pretty good at driving and targeting, and not very good at dying. Zephyr, another driver, can’t seem to die, either. She calls it cowardice. To Ash, it looks like skill.
Ash sees qualities in Zephyr that she can’t, and she knows Ash is stronger than he thinks. Neither wants the other to die, and that gives them something to live for.
But their employer, Nick, needs them killed in action to destroy the evidence of his deception. As far as he’s concerned, his company owns Ash and Zephyr’s lives.
They'll have to fight to get them back.
DRIVERS is contemporary fiction for young adults, 84,000 words long. It’s about depression and suicide, so the subject matter is dark and unusual, but the story is multi-layered and rich. I drew heavily from my own experience with depression, realizing that the disease is different for everyone. DRIVERS is the book I wanted to read when I was Ash’s age.