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Academy Bound

To dream you must have faith. To command requires conviction. To fail is not an option.
Sixteen-year-old Zach Aurelian has held the same dream since he was eight years old—to attend the Earth Alliance Fleet Academy and train to become a command officer like his mother, who went missing in the system-wide civil war that fractured the Alliance. He believes in his soul that she’s still alive, and is determined to reach the stars to find her, no matter the challenge. Zach soon learns that not only will he face down his anxiety disorder and the rigors of the Academy, but the ghosts of his mother’s past who would stand in his way.

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Shiny Metal Boxes: The Wormholescope Chronicles, Entry: One

2079
Humans depend on AI, including eyeGo, a visual implant installed from the age of nine.
When a mysterious illness known as Jobs Disease incapacitates millions, Emma Castle, a bright eyeGo health technician, is reassigned to investigate a possible link between the implant and the affliction.
As the disease continues to spread at an alarming rate, Emma uncovers a potential conspiracy that could rock both mankind and technology forever.
Teaming up with a private investigator, a hacking and deepfake specialist, a senior member of The Milky Way Library, and a million-dollar AI assistant, Emma races to stop the devastation before it’s too late.
Shiny Metal Boxes, the first installment in The Wormholescope Chronicles, is a science fiction novel that delves into the chaos born from humanity’s addictive inventions.

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Tarja Titan: A Terrian Chronicles Novel

Avatar: The Last Airbender Meets World of the Gateway
Abused and neglected for nearly a decade, Tarja Titan always longed for a home…
…But she didn’t anticipate the reception she’d receive upon her return to a world she thought only existed in fiction
For starters, everyone in Elemental Society knows her name. Even if she has no recollection as to why. For another, she’s going to a university to hone a rare supernatural ability, or abilities, she’s never heard of.
Everywhere Tarja goes and everyone she speaks to, new secrets emerge. Like the fact she was murdered as a child and somehow here she is, as alive and well as her new classmates.
And this school has more secrets than Tarja could imagine. It has hidden rooms, corridors, and yeah, resident spirits love hanging out here. And they’re not shy about sharing a few stories. Even if her newly-discovered godbrother is.
Calling all fans of E.E. Holmes’ World of the Gateway and Carissa Andrews’ The Windhaven Witches. If you like strong heroines, elemental magic, complex plots, and young adult fiction, or better yet YA+, given the more mature subject matter, you will fall in love with Tarja Titan.

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Havoc

They had all killed themselves.
Waking up in the heart of Engine, Shadow only has one goal in mind: destroy the place that made her life hell. Easier said than done. Put in a horrifying position as Engine’s assassin, she has no other choice but to follow their twisted ways.
Stripped of everything she’s grown to rely on, Shadow must keep her team safe and come up with a plan. But nothing was ever as it seemed. Her sanity starts to slip as answers are discovered. Escape soon becomes a dire thirst—her team is jeopardized—and time is running out.
Jack never wanted to end everything. But he had to die; someone needed to save her. Fixated on keeping his team alive, Jack realizes that there’s no going back. Or escaping. She wants to get revenge—but that would cost their lives.
Severely injured and divided on different sides, Jack must find the foundation that started it all to heal him. Otherwise, they were all going to die.
With Engine picking them off one by one, the team must find a way to escape—all with one life.

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Civil War: Chronicles of Rondure: Book I

I was Culled at age five into the Bastille Military, the World of Rondure’s superpower…
…Having lived on-base for thirteen years, military life taught me two things: Mastery of the Smoke Element and to never apologize about using it on enemies
Now that I’m awaiting a sure life sentence for the crime of exposing Bastille’s true crimes, they’ve left me with no choice. When they try to extradite me, I will call upon my Sword of Smoke and escape this predicament, using every combat technique they taught me against them.
Then, I’ll take it upon myself to finish a mission I started years ago; to unplug the People of Bastille and let them know who the real enemy is: their home nation and its Capital City of Paramount.
As I go rogue, every authority figure with money, power, and influence in the Bastille Empire will want me dead. Thanks to them, I’m one of the most powerful Smoke Masters in the World of Rondure. And I’m ready to break the spell the people of my nation have lived under for over a century.

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The Sunderland, Volume 2: Solitude

When worlds collide, ignore everyone who doesn’t agree
Years before the Schism shattered society into ideological seclusion, the Solitude tore apart the bonds of trust, leaving the culture shocked and dazed by the viciousness perpetrated in their name. Now, the scattered subcultures of the Sunderland find themselves grappling with a legacy of isolation.
With the ever-present Conduits serving only to validate each group’s self-righteous mission, society is driven into conflict once again. The vast underclass can do nothing but watch as the motivated few each bring about their own understanding of the end…