Registration day for Masa Academy has arrived. The only questions are will Calli and Olin be admitted? Will they be caught? Will they be teamed together with their new friends? And what about making their goodbyes?
For the telekinetic youth of New Teotihuacan’s Worker City there are two choices: an enslaved life or a free death. By sixteen, everyone must choose.
On an earth rampant with telekinesis, Calli Bluehair lives within one isolated city-state among many. New Teotihuacan’s protective dome and oppressive regime preserve not only its strict social classes, but also the lie that empowers the immortal class over the workers.
After her parents’ disintegration in a telekinetic storm accidentally unleashed by her own brother, Calli’s only hope of escaping a violent death in the self indulgent underground of New Teotihuacan’s Worker City is the government run Masa Academy. Choosing to ignore the rumors that the Academy is an option worse than death, Calli determines to claw her and her little brother’s way onto the registry, no matter the personal cost.
In the process, Calli finds herself the de facto leader of a ragtag band. Each with separate motives and allegiances, the only thing the teens share in common is their soon-to-be-status as Masa Academy’s newest recruits into its most powerful dormitory–the green serpent.
Brown’s page-turning, dystopian adventure revolves around a heroine who picks up where the Hunger Game’s Katniss leaves off. His vivid rendering (trail-blazing interpretation) of telekinesis births a complex, mysterious and provocative world that reveals itself to the reader in a kaleidoscope of detail the longer one chooses to stare through his fractured lens.