Genre: YA sci-fi
Release Date: February 27th 2018
Everyone is equal. But no one is safe.
In a ruined world, Manhattan is now New America, a walled-in society based on equality. But the perfect facade hides a dark truth.
A timid math geek, sixteen-year-old Drayden watches his life crumble when his beloved mother is exiled. The mystery of her banishment leads him to a sinister secret: New America is in trouble, and every one of its citizens is in jeopardy.
With time running out, he enters the Initiation. It’s a test within the empty subway tunnels—a perilous journey of puzzles and deadly physical trials. Winners join the ruling Bureau and move to its safe haven. But failure means death. Can Drayden conquer the Initiation, or is salvation out of his grasp?
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Mad World by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules
Like I Do by David Guetta, Martin Garrix & Brooks
Destiny by Zero 7
Beautiful (feat. Winona Oak) by What So Not
Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay
Promises by Nero
On My Way to Heaven by Above and Beyond
Dark Down Below by Kloud
Lost in the World (feat. Bon Iver) by Kanye West
Dangerous (feat. Sam Martin) by David Guetta
Bird Set Free by Sia
Stay for it (feat. Miguel) by RL Grime
Poetic by Seinabo Sey
The (Ideal) Cast:
Drayden: Cole Sprouse
Wesley: Ki Hong Lee
Catrice: Chloe Grace Moretz
Mom: Sandra Oh
Tim: Uriah Shelton
Dad: Bryan Cranston
Sidney: Madison Pettis
Mr. Kale: Idris Elba
Charlie: Cody Christian
Lily Haddad: Tracee Ellis Ross
Alex: Jake Austin Eli
Holst: Bob Gunton
About the Author
Chris Babu grew up in North Haven, CT, playing soccer and the violin in his free time. After devouring The Shining under the covers with a flashlight when he was eight, Chris was hooked on fiction. He's always had a thing for young adult books. But he's also a major science and math nerd - physics being his favorite - and he has a math degree from MIT.
For nineteen years, he worked as a bond trader on Wall Street, riding the subway to and from work every day. He traded mortgage-backed securities for Bank of America and then Deutsche Bank, where he eventually ran the MBS trading desk. Now Chris writes full-time, always with his trusted assistant Buddy, a 130-pound Great Dane, who can usually be found on his lap. They split their time between New York City and the east end of Long Island. Their omnipresence at home drives his wife Michelle and daughter Lily crazy. The Initiation is his first novel.
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