Human dependence on technology fueled weakness and conflict and then, after The Great Flash, humanity went underground only to emerge centuries later in a domed community called New Babyl. Residents are divided into sectors — Nature, Progress, Industry and, for law-breakers, Reform — governed by the Authority, a tribunal of rules who aim to keep order with totalitarian slogans.
Helping maintain order in New Babyl is the annual event known as the Exemplar, an entertainment competition pitting two dozen 16-year-olds from across the sectors in interdisciplinary ways meant to honor their communal history.
The fresh-scrubbed contenders in the latest Exemplar include dancer Aliyah, her dancer not-quite-boyfriend Tempo, Reform outcasts Bodhi and Mags, plus Sage and Brooklyn.
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