The Great Reset


Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

~Lines of Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann

Synopsis

In the 21st century, when the modern age was hit by the most severe scale of the pandemic, almost every foundation of civilisation collapsed.

Stephanie Marsayudi is the head of a Companionship service, a talking friend serving as a physical presence in the post-pandemic world where the society is divided into two major classes: The Protected and The Immune. The Protected must stay at home and will be regarded as violating the law should they ever leave their designated space. The Companions visit the Immune to talk or do small errands. On one visit, her client is a housewife in an abusive household.

Working together with her teammates, they come up with a proposal to the Council to grant a financial safety net so the victims of domestic violence and other Immune people left without dreams can rebuild their life. As old friendships drift apart, Stephanie encounters new people on her path, and more importantly, a colossal shift in her reality. 

TAGS: dystopian society, universal basic income, political, slices of life

Book 1: 23 Chapters + 1 Prologue

Book 2: Ongoing WIP

Chapters

Book 1

Prologue

Chapter 1: Talk About Today

Chapter 2. ​​A New Enigma

Chapter 2. ​​A New Enigma

Stephanie met some clients of a similar socioeconomic background as Lila’s, and many of them could be grouped into one user persona—a common profile.  If Lila’s family was lacking one of the family members, then Stephanie would take great care to avoid sorrowful topics from the conversation. That could wait …

Prologue

There was not a single best solution to run the world, Stephanie thought. Where there were humans, there were problems. Previously, when it was still split into hundreds of countries headed by sovereign leaders, they were more or less in competition with one another, reaching their claws to the weaker …

Chapter 1. ​​Talk about Today

When our earth lost three-quarters of the population, a daily commute trip could be a solitary one. The graveyard of the buses, government-issued or private ones, stared back at Stephanie mockingly silent as she was passing the pile of junks. A black drone flying nearby sent ripples of buzzing noise …

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