From the bestselling author of the THE SOULKEEPERS comes a new series about dark magic, redemption and an unusual theater with life or death stakes…
Finn Wager’s luck has run out. Arrested for the one crime he didn’t actually commit, he’s forced to finish his education at an alternative school. The Revelations Institute is an upscale, private reform school with a 100% success rate. Delinquents go in and model citizens come out.
But students who don’t perform to expectations disappear. And although their bodies return model citizens, their minds are hardly their own. Something evil lurks inside Revelations, and if Finn and his new friend Hope can’t find a way to stop it, they’ll risk more than their lives. The repercussions could cost them their souls.
Once everyone was seated, the elderly woman spread her arms wide. Her back was ballerina-straight, and she held her chin high as someone of noble birth might. Along with her upturned hands, her posture made her look twenty years younger than a moment before. She was a performer, Finn realized, and she’d just put on a well-practiced mask. “My name is Victoria Duvall and I am the architect of this performance. You will call me Ms. D. I want to congratulate you on choosing Revelations Institute. Our show, like all those before it, will make history. Here at this school, you will be transformed from the ordinary, hapless beings huddled around my table to magnificent warriors of the stage. You will learn to throw yourselves fearlessly into the performance with no concern for your own safety or self-preservation. No!” She held up one finger. “Nothing worth doing is safe, my dear students.” She fisted her hands and thrust them toward the ceiling. “You cannot go into the extraordinary lackadaisically.” Her tall, laced boots clacked on the stone floor as she rounded her chair and paced the room. “We must charge toward the exceptional, knowing we might fail. We must jump from the nest believing we can fly, even if the result is our plummet to the Earth. Dear, dear children, for the next semester, you shall be the paints that color my canvas.” Spreading her hands, she approached the table again, a pleading expression on her face. “This island, this school, has made the impossible possible. Together, we will overcome the bindings of natural law. We will transcend the human condition. We will defy gravity.” Ms. D squeezed her hands into fists, then folded her chin to her chest and closed her eyes. The room fell silent. Someone shifted. Gazes ping-ponged across the table as seconds stretched into minutes. Ms. D did not move. Finn glanced toward the doors where Applegate and Ravenguard stood at attention. They did not seem concerned with the headmistress’s odd state. Ms. D’s head snapped up so violently that Finn jumped in his chair. Her eyes and nostrils flared. “First, we must eat. You will need your strength.”
G.P. Ching is a USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy novels for young adults and not-so-young adults. She bakes wicked cookies, is commonly believed to be raised by wolves, and thinks both the ocean and the North Woods hold magical healing powers. G.P.’s idea of the perfect day involves several cups of coffee and a heavy dose of nature. She splits her time between central Illinois and Hilton Head Island with her husband, two children, and a Brittany spaniel named Jack, who is always ready for the next adventure. Learn more about G.P. Ching and her work at gpching.com.
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