Humanity is ready to evolve with just a little help from planet Earth and its inhabitant, Alexis Allerton.
One day at the science lab, Alexis discovers the true chemical composition of her blood. Realizing her doctors have been lying to her about her medical condition and who she really is, she takes off on a quest to find her origins.
Accompanied by her older sister and the cute guy from the lab, who happens to have a brain the size of a planet, Alexis’ quest takes them across the world from crystal caves in Mexico to the mountains of Central Asia.
Her choices can change the trajectory of humanity. Rest assured, Earth is in good hands. Who better than a budding scientist with a newfound love for geeky science t-shirts and wedge heeled boots to lead the evolution?
Will appeal to readers who enjoy:
geology, chemistry, astrobiology
"A heartwarming tale of a superpowered high schooler with well-developed characters."
-- Kirkus Reviews
A teenage girl discovers the truth about her heritage in a YA SF story about the next stage in the evolution of humankind.
Sixteen-year-old Alexis Allerton is a teen with a passion for science; a crush on Everett Evans, a lab assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she’s an intern; a loving family; and close friends in fellow high schoolers Hannah and Josh. Alexis has always been told that she has hemophilia, and has lived all her life with restrictions on physical activities. Alexis undergoes treatment every two days; a trio of doctors—Sam, Ira, and Kan Roman—visit her at home to treat her with injections of a clotting factor. But then, one day, she has a small accident at the lab, cuts her hand and sees her own blood for the first time. The first thing she discovers is that it’s silver, and she later finds out that its chemical composition is impossible in nature. It turns out that her doctors have been lying to her family; she doesn’t have hemophilia, but does have superhuman abilities, revealed over the course of the story. She also finds out that she’s adopted, and to find out her true origins, she embarks on a life-changing journey across the world with Everett and her sister, Amanda. Mir delivers a fun, engaging novel that offers an original take on genetic mutation and human evolution with elements of comedy, adventure, and romance. It even includes lots of cool, fictional scientific explanations of things such as “liquid crystal blood.” Alexis’ coming-of-age takes her from the United States to Mexico and Kazakhstan alongside supportive, fleshed-out secondary characters who enrich this story of self-discovery, identity, agency, and ultimately, hope. The novel is reminiscent of Becky Chambers’ brand of optimistic, warm SF that will appeal to teens and adults alike.
A heartwarming tale of a superpowered high schooler with well-developed characters. --Kirkus Reviews
Belle Manuel, author of A Fate So Twisted, the first in the Twisted Fates Trilogy
Alexis Ascending is a wonderful young adult sci-fi story about Alexis Allerton, your seemingly average STEM geared teen that has her life upended in a laboratory accident. With full descriptions, great characters, and tension to die for, I was flipping through this one to get more. This story takes the usual genre of teen with special genes to the max as we learn about the scientific reasons that make Alexis stand out from other humans around her. This story was un-put-downable, and I can't recommend it enough. For fans of Maximum Ride, this is a definite new favorite. -- Belle Manuel
Boriana Todorov, author of The Moon Rock and Oliver's Tantrums
"There is a new superhero on the block and her name is Alexis Allerton. She'll leap from the pages, grab you by the hand and take you on a riveting adventure halfway round the globe. Science can be stranger than fiction! Fast paced and full of twists and turns, Alexis Ascending is a great read from start to finish. Highly recommended to those born after Nov 1, 2000, also known as members of 'Generation Station'. Fun fact: NASA says anyone born after Nov. 1, 2000 belongs to the 'Generation Station'. Just like Alexis Allerton, you've lived your entire life with the International Space Station orbiting overhead."
-- Boriana Todorov
Dilek Mir loves to read, but even more than that, she loves to write about beings* who are curious about the world and how it works.
She is the author of four picture books: Baby Palm, Little Palm, Young Palm, and When Echo Met Shadow, as well as the young adult novel Alexis Ascending.
*beings: human and otherwise
Rob House is an award-winning visual effects artist who has worked on over 35 feature films. He contributes to the technical and creative goals of major studios in visual effects roles specializing in hair & cloth asset creation and technical animation. He even ekes out some time to design a book cover for his wife.
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