At the end of the world, you must choose: survive and succeed or make peace with your failure – which will it be?
A.R.C Project Rebirth: a simple mission to outlive and outlast an inhospitable Earth and repopulate it once it has recovered. Yet, for Chloe, a cyborg member of the project, the operation is anything but simple. Extending well beyond its original completion date and with no signs of recovery, Chloe spends her days living in the past, avoiding her hot, dry, and barren reality, just waiting on the world to change.
When events take a sudden and disastrous turn for the worst, Chloe must compete against herself, her fellow project members, and even time itself, to keep herself and her precious cargo alive; humanity’s fate depends on it. Faced with the possibility of not surviving, Chloe must reconcile between her past and present to decide – what mattered most?
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The first time I read What Mattered Most, I had planned to read the story in stages but by the time I was halfway through I knew there was no way I’d be able to concentrate on anything else until I found out what happened to Chloe.
I found What Mattered Most dramatic, with an instantly engaging narrative and a complex protagonist. This has honestly become one of my new favourite short stories.”
Well worth a read for anyone into sci-fi, especially if you're feeling a little bit existential. I got a copy of this after doing a professional betaread for Quill, and I've reread it twice now. Highly recommend!