In 2126, a college student seeks the help of an alleged terrorist to expose the truth that a technology being used to change people’s habits can cause permanent psychosis, even though by doing so, she might spark another civil war.

coming fall 2022

about sarena

Sarena Straus is a lawyer turned author. She writes novels for the curious and adventurous, for people who are intrigued by a “what happens if,” scenario, and who like to explore the outcomes. In addition to novels, Sarena has published numerous legal articles and works of poetry. She's also been an editor for a legal magazine and a tv and radio criminal case commenter.

about reinception

A corporation’s immensely popular mind technology is eradicating socially unacceptable behavior in 2126 New York City. When a college student and a government-labeled terrorist discover the truth of what’s happening inside people’s heads, they fight to preserve their free will and the future.

What If?

ReInception was born from a simple question:  What if we had the technology to modify human behavior?

Of course, initially, the technology would be used for a noble cause:  A father trying to spare other parents the pain of losing a child to addiction, for example. But human nature being what it is, we won’t stop there. We’ll go too far.

also by sarena

Bronx D.A.: True Stories from the Sex Crimes and Domestic Violence Unit

Sarena Straus was a prosecutor in the Office of the Bronx District Attorney's office, one of approximately 400 Assistant District Attorneys working in the midst of an area of America with the highest crime and poverty rates. This book is about her experiences in combating crimes against women and children during a three-year stint with the Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes Unit, mostly prosecuting sex crimes against children. The literal and emotional battles, both won and lost, eventually destroyed her.

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What If There Were a Magic Pill?

Asking “What If” is a great way to start brainstorming book ideas. I began envisioning the 2126 world of ReInception while reading the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg at the same time that I stumbled upon an article on transcranial magnetic stimulation. Putting the two together, I wondered, “What if we had…

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