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Gifted
by JoMarie DeGioia
Release Date: 10/01/14
Genre: Teens
Pages: 183
Publisher: Indie
Format ISBN Price
E-Book 978-0-9899801-2-8 2.99
Author Page: JoMarie DeGioia
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A world changed forever by war

 

Kids exploited for their gifts of mind and strength

 

Can the gifted keep the ones they love safe?

 

Or is there more at stake than they realize?

 

In 2050, the Cataclysmic Wars erupted, triggering natural disasters. Tornados, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanoes. The country once known as England was changed forever.

 

Some survivors developed unusual skills and talents in the century since. Gifts of heightened physical and mental abilities. The king uses these “gifted” children for entertainment at court. In these matches, called “Pageants,” physical strength is pitted against mental acuity, and some children die from the strain.

 

For seventeen-year-old Kelwin, his gift of second sight is a curse. Physical contact is painful, and this keeps him separate from his loving family. Rosemont, his family’s holding, is struggling. Payments to the king have nearly crippled them and the nearby holdings, leading to dissention and raids to keep their people fed.

 

Sixteen-year-old Alyssa and her little brother Thomas escape from her late father’s holding, Merrickwood. Though she is unaware of it, she has the gift of telekinesis. Their guardian Baron Dalton senses it and wants to control her. They run to Rosemont.

 

Kelwin is drawn to Alyssa, and feels no pain when he touches her. Alyssa feels a connection to him too, though her brother’s safety is first in her mind.

 

Can she and Kelwin work together to keep her little brother safe? Or is there more at stake than they know?

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