Sunday, February 7, 2016
XODUS by K.J. McPike
Back in October, I participated in an online book scavenger hunt. It was over one week. Each day, a set of about 5 "clues" or questions from a different author or two were posted about their books. You had to search for the answers. At the end of the seven days, there was a form with questions about each set of clues. It was a race to fill it out as correctly as you could and beat the others to getting it submitted. I won 3rd place and received 5 ebooks from different authors and a $5 Amazon book gift certificate. It was a lot of fun and a good way to find out about different books and authors.
One of the books I received was XODUS. Here is the excerpt from Goodreads.
"The first time it happened, Lali Yavari told herself it was just a dream. But when she starts flashing between realities during the day and seeing people disappear before her very eyes, she can't deny that something is happening to her--something she's sure is linked to her mother's disappearance.
Then the unsettling Kai Awana shows up at school, and Lali discovers she has inherited her mother's ability to astral project--with a surprising twist. Not only that, but Kai needs her help to get to a world she never knew existed. In exchange, Kai promises to help Lali find her mom using his own unique ability.
Now Lali must learn to control her budding power if she ever hopes to see her mother again. She's not sure she can trust Kai, but with her mother's life hanging in the balance, will she have a choice?"
It was a good story with a good cliff hanger at the end opening up the next book in the series. The excitement and danger builds as the story goes on.
It is not what I typically read now, but I read some books like this when I was younger. It reminded me of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. It was one of my favorite books. The similarities were the kids looking for a parent that has gone away, discovering "powers", and overcoming odds to rescue the parent.
If you like YA fantasy and/or you have or are a teenager, check it out. I think you will like it.
I received a free copy in exchange for a review.