Published: January 1st, 2014
Cover Artist: Rebecca A. Rogers
Seventeen-year-old Kearly Ashling can travel anywhere her mind takes her—literally. Becoming Empress of the planet Cyeor and battling monstrous, otherworldly creatures isn’t a problem. Living among the elves on the Plains of Glasslyn has yet to be an issue, as well. Even touring normal places like Paris, London, Tokyo, and the Amazon Rainforest isn’t difficult.
But traveling through her imagination isn’t just fun and games—it has consequences. Following a battle on the planet Cyeor, she’s visited by a guy who’s unimagined. He warns her to stop using her gift or they will find her. Kearly doesn’t heed the messenger’s advice and soon wishes she had. When the messenger finds her again, he transports her to the M.I.N.D., a corporation which specializes in “healing the psyche.” Once she’s inside the M.I.N.D.’s doors, however, Kearly realizes escaping is nearly impossible.
Now, she must figure out the M.I.N.D.’s true intent, try not to fall for the irritating-yet-handsome messenger, and find a way to outsmart the organization before they stop her from ever imagining again.
When Teens Save the World
Teenagers saving the world is not a new concept. Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, and Clary Fray are a few teens who have captivated Young Adult lovers for years. In their worlds, they must face major obstacles, and a few villains, along the way before successfully saving humankind, or a magical race.
But what about the real teenagers who save the world on a daily basis? You know, the unsung heroes of local, national, and international communities? The future generation who is currently shaping and molding our world into what it will become? They may not battle otherworldly creatures or villains, but they are helping others battle diseases, hunger, and poverty. They’re standing up for those who are bullied. They’re welcoming a new student into their clique, so they won’t feel like an outsider. They’re fighting for causes near and dear to their hearts: global warming, disaster relief, health and wellness, illiteracy.
Thanks to them, the future looks bright.
Are these everyday heroes the reason the Young Adult genre is so popular? Do teenagers relate to these fictional characters on a deeper level? The similarities between the two are evident, but they also couldn’t be more diverse. While the fictional group is just that—fictional—the other is flesh and blood. Living. Breathing. As real as you can get. While they don’t, exactly, rule the world at the moment, I think they’re on the right path.
About the author:
Rebecca expressed her creative side at an early age and hasn’t stopped since. She won’t hesitate to tell you that she lives inside her imagination, and it’s better than reality.
She’d insert something here along the lines of living in the Northeast, USA, or Europe, with her wonderful husband and their dogs, but these things haven’t happened yet. Instead, she’ll tell you she’s an avid gamer, chocoholic, coffee addict, animal lover, and owns way too many books and shoes.