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In a hidden compound in the Arizona desert, a group of 40 men and women lived in near perfection. They had been living in their pods for the past 20 years, ever since scientists had genetically-engineered the people in a laboratory. The scientists were now the rulers of the pod people, giving each person a career and a purpose and using each person’s life as an experiment. But the pod people were tired of being tested, prodded, and told what to do. Yet, they couldn’t think about how to overthrow the pod rulers. They had never made their own decisions before. The scientists made sure of that; they sent electrical signals to the pod people’s brains to tell them how to move, think, and behave. But the scientists forgot one thing: they forgot to control how the pod people would feel about all of this.

From Readworks.org