AFTER THE RESET
Juice to power Survivor Cities and the Enclaves is made in airborne solar cells around the outer villages. Everybody in the village, young or older, has work to do, to clean and maintain the inflatables and cables that generate the precious juice.
Joel crafts simSuit and neuro-feedback mods for his schoolmates. All UnCert and mostly illegal, especially for someone his age, but he has to fund his personal tech somehow.
Airboarding around the ridge of the valley early one morning, Joel watches a convoy of black drones fly low into his village. He knows they've come looking for someone and soon everybody is afraid that it could be them.
Soon Joel finds himself forced to compete in a game environment where the virtus are real and deadly.