Welcome to my spot in the blog tour for Ascenders by C.L. Gaber hosted by The Book Terminal. When I read the synopsis of Ascenders, I was really intrigued and interested in the book and wanting to read it. I am glad that I was given the opportunity to be part of the blog tour and able to read it.
Ascenders: High School for The Recently Departed
By C.L. Garber
Publisher: Big Picture Media
Published Date: April 8, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
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.
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Walker Callaghan has just arrived at the Academy after a tragic car accident. “Is this heaven or is this high school?” she asks.
She finds out her new life is a bit of both as she falls in love with tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He’s looking for a portal to return back to the living realm.
He needs just one hour to retrieve his younger brother who strangely never arrived at The Academy. Bobby is an Earth Bound Spirit, stuck at a plane crash site that took both of their lives as their rich father piloted his private jet nose-first into a cornfield on Christmas Eve.
Walker loves Daniel and risks it all to go with him.
Have they learned enough to outsmart dangerous forces while transporting a young child with them? Can their love survive the fragmented evil parts of themselves that are now hunting them down as they try to find a way back to the middle?
At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime.
This was an interesting read, at first I wasn’t sure about it and it was a little slow in the beginning for me but then it pick up.
I could relate to Walker’s not wanting to move during her senior year because when I was growing up as young teen, we moved around a lot but I started a private school during my high school years so that I could avoid moving to a new area and school district. I thought it was interesting that there was a school for high schoolers who has passed away where they still went to school. It is Twilight Zone meets the afterlife with Walker learning to adjust to her new afterlife and trying to figure out what is going on. The school is where anything and everything can happen and it appears to be just like any high school on Earth. There is curiosity and environment where you can study anything you want and not as restrictive as high school. The book has a lot of turns and plot twists that you didn’t about when you start reading it.
I really like Walker, I saw her as great character with her kindness, inquisitive, and full of life. Seeing her going through the new realm and her current reality was very realistic to how young people would handle the situation.
This YA book has everything you expect in the genre with a paranormal twist thrown in and it was very entertaining and made you think about how the afterlife would look like.