Summary from Goodreads: 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
There is no homework.
You're just there to learn because the human brain isn't fully formed until
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
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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
At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime.
The Ascenders was a pleasant surprise! As soon as I read the Goodreads blurb saying that the book was about a high school for the afterlife, I was interested. There are so may places that a story like that could go, and the Ascenders hit them all. Without giving too much away, here is the overview of the Ascenders plot. In the beginning, Walker is trying to come to terms with the fact that she has died and is now living an after-life. Then she starts to build a new life at her new school and makes new friends. One of these new friends is already preparing for a quest of their own and Walker decides to join them on this quest that will lead them both to break all the rules and put themselves in immeasurable danger. The story is well written and has a crew of interesting characters that give the story a lot of depth that will keep you reading until the last page, and wanting even more. Come on Ascenders Book 2!
About the Author
C.L. Gaber is the author of the
ASCENDERS SAGA and co author of Jex Malone. A well known entertainment
journalist, she lives in Nevada with her husband Ron, bonus daughter Sabrina
and two unruly dogs. ASCENDERS 2 is due out in early 2016.