Release Date: November 2nd, 2015
Lead Council member, Christoph, is dead by Elyse’s hand, and Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.
Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim relation to. Others see them as a threat.
When Elyse gives birth to the next generation oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major cities, and the end of America as we know it.
After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society with the means to survive.
Only from the ashes can a new world be born.
AT MY LOWEST POINT, all I had were the oracle’s words to keep me from breaking. Listen to her. I’d given up everything based on that advice, and put all of my hope into the idea that she was right. But as I lay in the dark alone, in a basement prison with no windows or light, what hope was there?
In the beginning I was strong. I memorized the room with my hands. There were stairs leading up to the ground floor, but the door was locked with no keyhole to pick. A thin lumpy mattress lay against the back wall, along with an empty plastic bucket with no handles. To the right I found an air vent in the floor. I tried prying it loose, but even if it had worked, the grate was no bigger than a shoebox with holes that fit my fingers just barely. At first I was confident that I’d plot my way out, but no matter how many times I circled the room, nothing worked, and soon the darkness closed in on me.
Solitude is a special kind of torture. It uses your thoughts against you, until your own mind is the one thing you’re most afraid of. After more time passed than I could keep track of, I drifted in and out of madness, reliving my regrets over and over until I was trapped inside myself. One thing pulled me out of it—her.
About the author:
Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release in February of 2012.
Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica’s work can also be found in a published collection of flash fiction stories called Campaigner Challenges 2011. Out of over 350 submissions her story, The Soulless, won first place for people’s choice and fourth place in the judging round of Rachael Harrie’s Writing Campaign Challenge. Her story, Saved, is also available as part of the anthology.
Jessica spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no street lights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language.
In 2003, Jessica attended California State University Long Beach where her passion for language found her studying Chinese, and in 2005 she moved to Taiwan to study abroad. From 2005 to 2006 Jessica was fully immersed in the Chinese language as she attended National Taiwan University, and in 2008 she graduated from San Diego State University magna cum laude.
Jessica currently lives in Irvine with her husband and two sons. She is planning a re-release of her series through Acorn Publishing in September of 2015. The re-release will include the third and final book in her Children of the Gods series as well as a bonus chapter in the back of Oppression.
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