Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis”.
Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com
Today is a big day. Not only is it your seventeenth birthday, but this is the day that you have been waiting for all your life. The day for which our entire school curriculum has been preparing you. The day you will receive your future memory.
What are the different types of memories you can expect to receive?
1. A good memory that shows you exactly what you want to see. Dream job, success, being surrounded by loved ones. This is the memory that will get you through the hard times, that will assure you that it is worth the hard work, the heartaches, the frustration. This memory will help you through the lowest lows because you know, eventually, that you will end up at a high.
Examples of good memories: memories that show you as a successful published author, as a top concert pianist, as a gold-star swimmer. Some memories may simply show you holding a baby in your arms or married to the person that you love.
2. An efficient memory that shows you what you were meant to do. This memory cuts down on inefficiency. Instead of wasting time pursuing a dead-end career or floundering in doubt, this memory tells you exactly who you turn out to be. This way, you can focus your efforts on the proper career path. It may not be a good memory, but it is a useful one.
Examples of efficient memories: memories that show you as a teacher instead of a singer, or a bot supervisor instead of a basketball star. These memories may not be exciting, but if your dream wasn’t meant to be, wouldn’t you rather know now rather than later?
3. A warning memory shows you a natural disaster or terrible accident, something unexpected that occurs for which you can take adequate steps to prepare.
Example of a warning memory: your baby, who is deathly allergic to bees, is stung. If you knew about the event in advance, you could have an injector of epinephrine prepared and potentially save your baby’s life.
4. No memory at all. A small number of your future selves will refuse to send any memory at all. Despite all of our teachings, these individuals stubbornly believe that no good can come out of sending a memory. Should this be the case, please proceed to the Memory-less division for further processing.
5. The criminal memory. This memory shows your future self committing a Class-A felony. According to FuMA law, if you receive this memory, you will be arrested instantly.
Example of a criminal memory: you stab a needle into your younger sister’s heart — and kill her.
Do not worry, however. The criminal memory is very, very rare, and it is highly unlikely that you will receive one.
If you do receive a criminal memory… You can run, but you will not be able to escape. We will capture you. We always do.
–The Future Memory Agency
Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.
It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision-a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.
Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.
In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo-a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.
But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all-Callie, herself.