Every once in awhile I get an email with an offer to review an intriguing book. Only once has this email also container a trailer for said book. Basically, the chance to share with you all about Ascenders by C.L. Gaber is one I couldn’t pass up because 1) the story is unique and holy cow awesome! and 2) the trailer for Ascenders includes original music by Roger O’Donnell from The Cure!
The Ascenders Trilogy is a YA Series the kicks things off with Ascenders. Walker Callaghan is the star and sadly, she is dead. This story “Takes You To the In-between Where Teens Who Died Young Go On the Epic Adventure of an After-Lifetime” and it grabs you right from the first chapter. Having four kids, it’s taking me a bit longer than I want too – you know one of those books that’s calling your name while you are cooking dinner, changing diapers, folding laundry, shopping for groceries – yeah, life. 😉 So far though this is a book I can already tell you that you’ll want to read because it’s a story you haven’t read before.
Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago…and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences.
Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead.
She doesn’t go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.
These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. “There are even cheerleaders in death,” Walker observes. It’s not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who “used to have this band.” The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie.
Principal King explains the rules — there are none. Why? You can’t die twice.
There is no homework.
You’re just there to learn because the human brain isn’t fully formed until you’re 24.
By the way, you can’t get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do …because no one knows how long you’ll stay in this realm or what’s next.
“Losing someone you love would be like dying twice,” Walker says.
Trust me when I tell you that I will be reporting to you all (before Thanksgiving) about the full book. I can promise that because I have an upcoming flight to Brooklyn that will require reading material! 😉 For now, grab yourself a copy of Ascenders by C.L Gaber and join me on this adventure of an after-lifetime!