Launch

LaunchBlurb: “You Are the Generation That Will Change the World.”

Launch Conference is undoubtedly the opportunity of a lifetime.

Through a diligent search, Alturas Collective, a social media giant that incorporates all the best aspects of the latest technology, has invited fifty of the most promising youth in California to an exclusive, all-expenses-paid conference that promises to revolutionize the world. For a kid who can’t seem to catch a break, it almost seems too good to be true.

Demarcus Bartlett hasn’t had it easy, but he and his mom believe that maybe his hard work and perseverance are about to pay off.

Lily Beausoliel hasn’t felt whole since last year, when her precious world crumbled into darkness. But even she thinks this could be her time to shine.

The thing is, it’s not test scores or athletic achievements that have brought this group together. It’s something deeper, something less tangible, something that goes straight to the core of who they are. Something . . . supernatural?

The speeds at which Demarcus has been running lately aren’t possible for the average human. And things are happening to Lily, too, that she can’t explain.

Ancient past meets technological present in Jason C. Joyner’s masterful and timely debut, exploring the influence of the media, what we make of our talents, and the way our choices shape our future—and that of the whole world.

Launch by Jason C. Joyner is book 1 of the just launched (har-har 😉 ) Rise of the Anointed trilogy. And if it’s anything to go by, this is going to be a fun and exciting series!

Set in modern day California, with maybe a little technological boost, the story begins when certain youth suddenly develop super powers. But this is no mutant evolution – it’s supernatural. And as these teens come to grips with their newfound abilities, they also grapple with the questions that come with the powers. Why them? Why now? What’s God’s purpose behind these gifts?

Though told primarily from the point of view of Demarcus and Lily, the book centers around a group of four strangers who quickly become friends. But when bad things begin to happen, can they become a team and stop it?

With likable characters, a lot of humor, and constant intrigue and nail-biting suspense, I ended up reading this book in one sitting. (I just couldn’t put it down!)  Although billed as YA, with the younger age of the characters and mild hints at romantic attraction, it felt like an upper-middle-grade through adult. Highly recommended!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy by the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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