Author: Kari Aguila
Genre: Suspense / Science-Fiction / Women’s Fiction
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Would anything change if women ruled the world?
Fifteen years after the Last War devastated families and infrastructure, women have taken over under the banner of peace and equality. Only too late do they realize it’s a slippery slope to oppression. In RUN Ragged, Rhia, a strong and independent sea captain finds herself trapped in The Center, a re-education facility designed to help people fit into the rules of the new matriarchal society. The warden claims to be guiding those in her care, but Rhia quickly sees the cracks in the system. Faced with the terrifying torture and brainwashing the warden inflicts, those cracks become gaping holes that threaten to pull Rhia down into the depths of despair. Can she resist this slow subversion and become the reluctant hero the inmates need?
RUN Ragged is the suspenseful second story by the award-winning author of Women’s Work. It’s a disturbing look at what price we are willing to pay for peace and how much we are willing to ignore to keep our conscience clear.
“Busy. The Safe Rail brought in fifty shipping containers on Tuesday, so we had to move all the cranes to offload them.”
“Full or empty?”
“Empty. Headed to the Re-education Center.” Ginny wrote notes on her clipboard as she talked, marking the date and time, scanning Rhia’s boat and jotting down the types of goods she saw. “They turn them into fully functional houses there – basic plumbing, electric, interior work…”
“Re-ed. Jesus. A rusty old boxcar isn’t my idea of house.”
“Well, holding cell then. Better than nothing.” Ginny smirked and glanced at Rhia. “From what I’ve heard about the Center, men there are grateful to have anything at all.” Pointing her pen toward the barrels, sacks and boxes on Rhia’s boat, she asked, “From New Hope, Campbell and Miranda, right?”
“Yep.” Rhia hesitated then dropped her eyes to the soft leather sandals tied around her feet. “I heard a man from Jenkins got sent there last week.”
“Well, half the men working here have been through it. It seems like they’re sending people for even the littlest things these days.”
“Do they ever talk about it?”
Ginny’s voice dropped to a whisper as she turned toward Rhia. “You hear rumors about the horror stories, but these guys won’t say much about their time inside. If they say anything, it’s always positive. You know, like ‘Re-ed helped me realize my full potential as a man’ or ‘The Center taught me how to use my skills for good instead of evil’.”
“They sound just like the billboards plastered all over the towns.”
“Exactly. Seems like the Centers are doing a great job getting their message across.”
“Well, that’s what propaganda is for, right?” When Ginny smirked, Rhia added, “They never say anything about the rumors?”
“No, they don’t say much at all.”