Ascension by Michelle Bryan
Tara is still getting used to being…different. There is simply no way she can have the luxury of feeling like a normal, average eighteen year old girl. The world is in turmoil, innocent people are being murdered, and the people that Tara loves the most are being kidnapped and annihilated. As a New Blood she has special powers, powers that no one has ever seen before, powers that could potentially defeat the corrupt Prezedent and save not just her kin, but the whole dystopia that the world has become. But first she must to learn to control her powers– her ‘chi,’ get her confusing feelings for Jax under control, learn to work with her friends, and maybe even wear a dress. Saving the world is never easy, but with the right people on your side, it might just be possible.
Michelle Bryan’s second novel in her trilogy, Ascension, is fast-paced and exciting, with a fun host of personalities. While the protagonist, Tara, sometimes fails to surprise or be very different from other teenaged heroines, Tara’s companions are interesting and complex and their stories keep us guessing, hoping, and wishing for the best. Ascension is a fun weekend read that will leave you wanting to get your hands on the next book, discover all of the secrets in Tara’s past, and see exactly what Tara’s powers are capable of accomplishing.