Chapters 18–20 Summary

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Margot practices for an impending interview now that she has officially decided to run for governor. While she easily recalls some of her answers to questions about budget, she struggles to remember the third and final reason, causing her to curse at herself. Her advisor urges her to “want it.”

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Jocelyn walks into the living room, where Margot is rehearsing. She introduces her mother to a boy named Ryan, who addresses Margot as “Mayor Cleary” and blushes with embarrassment. Though Jocelyn insists that he’s only there to study with her, Margot whispers to Jocelyn to keep the bedroom door open.

Upstairs, Jocelyn closes the door quietly and assures Ryan that her mother will be busy for hours. Jocelyn started talking to Ryan on a chatroom for “deviants.” She went there because of the inconsistency she experiences with her power. Her time at the NorthStar training camps has helped her control the highs, but she still has lows in which she is virtually powerless.

Hoping to find someone like her in the chatroom, Jocelyn got to know Ryan, a boy with a rare chromosomal abnormality that causes males to be born with a skein. Jocelyn and Ryan have met up a few times, but this is the first time she has brought him home.

In the privacy of the bedroom, Jocelyn and Ryan examine each other’s skeins. While he does not have very much power, Ryan practices activating his skein on Jocelyn. She must control her power so that she does not injure Ryan. This is depicted as an erotic activity between the two teenagers.

Downstairs, Margot continues practicing. She fixates on her advisor’s question about why she wants to be governor. Of all the logical, important reasons Margot can think of, Margot admits to herself that the biggest motivator is how much she would love to defeat her current boss, Governor Daniel Dandon, whom Margot has grown to despise.


When she returns home, Roxy brings an idea to her father that is “bigger” than anything anyone else has brought to him in a long while. Roxy, along with a team of chemists, develops a new recreational drug that maximizes the power. Once she finds the right compound derived from a Brazilian tree, Roxy builds a drug empire in Britain.

The drug, called Glitter, is a purple crystalline powder that is often cut with cocaine and other stimulants to dilute its potency, making it safer and cheaper to produce. Drug dealers like Shanti market the drug to wealthy consumers who are eager for something new. Merchants who supply those like Shanti transport the drug inside of hourglasses with telltale purple-tinged sand.

Roxy employs women to ensure that her business partners follow her rules. For instance, one merchant who transports the hourglasses is flagged down for inspection when he goes to pick up his product from a warehouse. Thinking he is about to be caught smuggling drugs, the man is surprised when the woman starts using her power to immobilize him. The strange, merciless woman explains that Roxy is in charge of this part of her father’s business and that Roxy knows the man has been stealing a couple hourglasses of Glitter each month. The woman warns the...

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