Review of : Transcendence
Author : CJ Omolulu
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Walker Childrens; Reprint edition (May 21, 2013)
When a visit to the Tower of London triggers an overwhelmingly real vision of a beheading that occurred centuries before, Cole Ryan fears she is losing her mind. A mysterious boy, Griffon Hall, comes to her aid, but the intensity of their immediate connection seems to open the floodgate of memories even wider.
As their feelings grow, Griffon reveals their common bond as members of the Akhet—an elite group of people who can remember past lives and use their collected wisdom for the good of the world. But not all Akhet are altruistic, and a rogue is after Cole to avenge their shared past. Now in extreme danger, Cole must piece together clues from many lifetimes. What she finds could ruin her chance at a future with Griffon, but risking his love may be the only way to save them both.
Full of danger, romance, and intrigue, Transcendence breathes new life into a perpetually fascinating question: What would you do with another life to live?
Oh Lordy! I was attracted to the cover of this book, after I saw CJ Omololu’s Twitter account. I was enthralled by it, and tried unsuccessfully to decipher the buildings in the background. One thing I loved about the book cover was the good looking boy portraying Griffon. There was something powerful about the way he and the girl portraying Cole, look into the camera.
The fact that the book is a different take on reincarnation completely sold the book to me. My only regret after reading this book is that it’s taken me so long to actually read it. (Yes, revisions and writing are a pain when you want to read but can’t LOL)
Transcendence starts in London. (Yes, this was also one of those things that made me buy the book) We meet Cole and Kat, who is probably my least favorite character, on their way to the Tower of London. There Cole meets Griffon.
And the roller coaster ride begins.
I love the glimpses into Cole’s past lives, and how Ms. Omololu has built an ancient secret society in the midst of our very modern one. The rules of that society are explained early on and we know from the get-go that Cole is in for a very dutiful and responsible life ahead of her.
I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone, so I’m going to say just this. If reincarnation and secret societies are up your alley, this book is for you. If you like whodunits and twists that will make you want to chuck the book at the wall…. (and I did this when I got to page 263) this book IS definitely for you.
Six out of Six Cookies