ASCENDERS (Ascenders 1) by CL Gaber
YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Is this Hell or is this High School?
THE ASCENDERS Takes You To the In-between Where Teens Who Died Young Go On the Epic Adventure of an After-Lifetime.
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, 16, 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 that 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 as the Joker.
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. Walker falls hard for 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.
Ascenders….An epic adventure of an after-life time.
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He just looked at me and nodded. It was a deal. Officially.
He sealed it the way we did at the quarry. He stuck out his pinky finger. We swore on it like little kids.
“When this delicious dinner is done and the kids are asleep,” I began, “I need you to tell me everything you know about going back.”
Then he grabbed me by the hips until I was face to chest, so I was forced to look up into his gray eyes. When he lifted me off the ground, I gasped. “You’re really going to do this?” Daniel asked, looking at me hard. “What if I don’t want you to do it? What if I forbid you? The last thing I need right now is to worry about you once I get there.”
“First of all, you can’t forbid me to do anything. And you won’t have to worry,” I insisted, secretly pleased that he cared that much. My surprised body pressed into his furious one.
“You and I are going to spend the next few weeks going over everything you’ve learned. We’re going to leave nothing to chance. We’re going to become scholars of time travel, but my way. We become experts by trying to answer every question,” I said, my feet still off the ground.
“We’re taking a really desperate, not to mention audacious, chance; but then everything in life and death is a desperate and audacious chance,” he said, softening his grip, lowering my feet to the ground, and holding me close.
“Then let’s be audacious together,” I said, glancing out the window where the kids and the dog were falling onto fresh snow mounds on the front lawn, thanks to an afternoon storm that seemed to represent the blank slate we needed to start anew.
Perhaps my period of desperate mourning was over, although the pain was still there and the wound was fresh. Daniel seemed to know it was also time to move on and he made that clear when he put his fingers under my chin, tilted my head up, and pressed his lips to mine in a hard kiss.
“Callaghan, chances are we’ll never make it back here,” he said into my ear as he held me. The beating of his heart told me a different story.
“I don’t like those chances, so let’s kick them in the ass,” I said.
C.L. Gaber is the co-author of the bestselling YA novel “Jex Malone.” She is also an entertainment journalist, syndicated worldwide through the New York Times Syndicate. She interviews A-lister movie, TV and music stars for the Chicago Sun-Times. A movie-loving kid in Chicago, she grew up to earn a degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State. Now she lives Nevada with her husband Ron, once her high school boyfriend; her stepdaughter, Sabrina; and their dogs, Colt and Georgie.Website
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