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Many generations ago, a mysterious cataclysm struck the world. Governments collapsed and people scattered, to rebuild where they could. A mutation, "the Change," arose, granting some people unique powers. Though the area once called Los Angeles retains its cultural diversity, its technological marvels have faded into legend. "Las Anclas" now resembles a Wild West frontier town... where the Sheriff possesses superhuman strength, the doctor can warp time to heal his patients, and the distant ruins of an ancient city bristle with deadly crystalline trees that take their jewel-like colors from the clothes of the people they killed.

Teenage prospector Ross Juarez's best find ever - an ancient book he doesn't know how to read - nearly costs him his life when a bounty hunter is set on him to kill him and steal the book. Ross barely makes it to Las Anclas, bringing with him a precious artifact, a power no one has ever had before, and a whole lot of trouble.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA),, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780670014804
Branch Call Number: YA BRO
Additional Contributors: Smith, Sherwood - Author


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Alison_OPL Apr 12, 2017

Recommended. While optimistic and feeling a bit contrived, I feel the positive representations of characters of diverse sexualities and abilities make this title shine. The fantastic elements of the environment are engaging and there is a good balance of world building and character development.

Jul 16, 2015

I liked this, although some of the characters were annoying (to me).

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