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When humans move to a planet plagued by ice ages, biological antifreeze becomes a necessity. It’s too bad only half the population has evolved it.Three generations ago, the Modernist Mission arrived on the planet Tählti to find it already inhabited. The Celli are humanoids, evolved to survive the harsh climate through an antifreeze glycoprotein in their blood. With the next ice age nipping at everyone’s heels, the Modernist government will do anything to get the protein – even kidnapping and experimenting on the Celli in secret.Lucian Devereaux is a Modernist leader born into the role. Divided by his conscience and his grandfather’s colonial legacy, Lucian is tasked with ensuring his people’s survival. Unfortunately, what began as a medical research facility has turned into a concentration camp that even Lucian doesn’t have the power to terminate. When an exiled vigilante learns this secret, he threatens to tell the world and spark more than a cold war between Modernist and Celli – a war neither would survive. Lucian finds himself struggling to silence both the vigilante and his political rivals, who would wipe out the Celli as they prepare for hibernation. Meanwhile Eiran, a revolutionary resisting Modernist rule, works with Lucian’s wife to find a fabled refuge that might shelter Celli and Modernist alike when the storm comes.BLOOD STATE is a character-driven science fiction complete at 123,000 words.