- Author Bio
In a not-so-distant future, Jasmine finds out she is a Seer with exceptional powers and has a chance to find her long-lost twin.
The year is 2030, and climate change is making life on Earth more challenging. In the midst of it all, fourteen-year-old Jasmine Guzman is struggling to come to terms with the abduction of her twin sister, Jade, and with her mother’s illness. Things go from bad to worse when a series of bizarre occurrences make Jasmine wonder if she’s losing her mind. But, with help from Raphael, a boy at her new school, Jasmine learns she actually has special powers that are putting her life in danger.
Most surprising of all, she learns that her sister isn’t missing … Jasmine just needs to look in the right place: The-Place-in-Between, where the demons dwell.
- Not your average dystopia: Author used reputable climate-change studies to predict what life on Earth will be like in just fifteen years if more preventative efforts are not made
- Combines a realistic setting with a meticulously developed fantasy world with its own rules: The-Place-In-Between
- Protagonist is a young woman of colour struggling to cope in a devastated future
- Combines mythologies and beliefs from a variety of cultures regarding angels and Armageddon, intertwined with African folklore surrounding the special nature of identical twins
- Jasmine’s experiences at Beaconsfield, the school for Seers bring the grit of The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen to the magical school setting of Hogwarts
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An inventive read with thought-provoking themes.
An intriguing sounding series.
- CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Payne has combined a dystopian setting with the fantasy elements of angels and demons and supernatural powers.
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This may interest teens enough to hope for more information in upcoming installments.
An intriguing start to a series.
- Literary Treats
A touch of forbidden romance, a few Alice in Wonderland references, and a twist of heavenly proportions have left me glad that this is the first of what will be a series.
- Canadian Children's Book News