Rachel wakes up. Her head is pounding, and her memory is fuzzy—Tom's Yeerk, the polar bear, Tobias, the Ellimist, and then—
She is supposed to be dead, she knows. The Ellimist said he wouldn't save her—well, maybe there was a loophole. Or maybe it's Crayak.
Or this is the afterlife. She stifles a laugh. With her luck, it's more likely to be the past, or the future, or another planet. Rachel cracks open her eyes, flinching at the light, and examines her surroundings. It appears to be an ordinary Earth library. She staggers over to a computer and boots it up, in search of some answers.