After his latest fight, Jason Champion is sent to a rundown alternative school, nicknamed “Reject High.” Fine by him, except a girl named Cherish died there under strange circumstances. At first glance, it’s a suicide. But the girl’s best friend, a Goth with an attitude named Rhapsody, suspects something different at work. . .
“Reject High is a solid example of what’s so awesome about the urban fantasy genre. Author Brian Thompson blends real life teen issues that feel familiar with bizarre mystical substances and crazy, convoluted conspiracies. Throughout the book, plot twists come as quickly as popularity shifts and mood swings at any high school.”
“Reading this story I couldn’t help but feel that this might be a positive way for a parent to help a teen struggling with their own unique set of challenges and skills. Hats off to the author for a good story that could be a good way to start a conversation with your kids.”
The school year ending with Reject High’s destruction was enough for Jason Champion. Summer break meant lots of time to split between his girlfriend Sasha and best friend Rhapsody. That is until predictions of a solar storm arrive, one unlike the earth has ever seen. Sasha tells Jason the sun’s rays may affect his invulnerability and strength, while a mysterious new enemy is possessed with the belief that whoever absorbs the radiation will become immortal. With no other options and their enemies drawing closer to their goal, Jason and his friends join forces with the “Collective,” a group that has guarded the origin of their power for a century. Its members think the storm will cause an explosion killing millions – a price none of them are willing to pay.
“Lest we forget the turmoil of youth, there is enough insecurity and jumbled feelings that even super powers can’t erase. Throw a maniacal villain into the mix, a collection of characters, none of whom seem entirely trustworthy, and a potential catastrophic event that threatens everyone our heroes love, and you’ve got a page turner you won’t be able to put down.”
“WOW! what an exciting thrill ride!!! This is such a fun, unique series…I loved book 1 and had high hopes for this second installment. Let me just say, Brian Thompson has blown it out the water!!! Fantastic!”
Months after absorbing a nuclear explosion, Jason Champion is recuperating in a hospital when he is attacked by a shape-shifter with an agenda. She wants to harvest Jason’s radioactive blood to keep his enemy, David King, alive. King had almost died at Jason’s hands, but he now wants revenge. Following a narrow escape, Jason is joined by his new girlfriend Rhapsody, his ex Sasha, and a new friend, Esteban. While the provenance emerald, scarlet emerald, goshenite, heliodor, and morganite crystals that grant them mysterious powers are safe, there is a new threat. The most sought after version, aquamarine, has been found. Its wearer can raise the dead. Now in possession of the aquamarine, Jason is faced with decisions: deliver it to King in 72 hours or let everyone he cares about pay the price. He and his friends race across the nation to do the impossible: keep those close to him safe while defending the aquamarine before time runs out.
“Mr. Thompson has created characters so three dimensional that their superpowers seem believable. The teen angst is spot on and as a reader you ride the roller coaster of emotions with him.”
“Probably the most interesting book in this series (so far at least)… This one strikes me as a deeper story with more food for thought.”
Author note: Contains mature themes (not portrayed, but discussed) about teen sex and suicide. Subject matter may not be suitable for some younger readers.