FICTION

Transcendent

448p. ebook available. Viking. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780451469632.
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Gr 10 Up—An inspirational story about finding the strength to believe in oneself. Iris Spero is a high school student in New York City preparing to start her senior year when a terrorist attack on Disney World shakes the nation. Not long after the tragedy, a stranger arrives on her doorstep seeking help. This visit exposes a secret about Iris's existence that is nothing short of impossible. Hurt and feeling lost, she finds an unlikely friend and confidant in Zane, a cynical homeless teenager. Together they unravel the past and try to discover who they are while dealing with the growing pressure for Iris to produce a miracle. This thought-provoking follow-up to Detweiler's Immaculate does well as a stand-alone. The main characters are multidimensional and relatable, adding an authentic feel to this contemporary tale of magical realism. Romance is sprinkled throughout but is not a major theme. Instead, the focus is on familial and social issues that plague today's society. Although slow to start, the novel picks up momentum with each passing chapter, leading to a page-turning conclusion.
VERDICT An excellent addition to any high school or public library, this book will attract readers of contemporary fantasy.

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