Arden Lewis has a secret. When Arden discovers she can control the weather, she leaves her secluded family farm to live in Everglen among her own kind - Paragons who can control the elements with their minds and bodies. Arden soon learns that being a Paragon means being a target for darker forces that want to exploit her Talent - or destroy it. She must navigate the turmoil of high school and the uncertainty of her first crush, all while keeping her Talent from prying eyes. She needs to keep secrets in order to survive. But secrets are built on lies, and when secrecy becomes paramount, the lies become dangerous. No matter whom she trusts, no matter how hard she tries to control her Talent, Arden's life begins to spiral out of control-with fatal consequences.
From the author's official website:
(in his own words, with embellishments)
"When my home planet was destroyed, I was placed as a baby in a spaceship and launched toward the most sophisticated area of the galactic empire. Due to a glitch in the navigational software, I ended up here.
I was raised in the surburban confines of Connecticut. When my powers first manifested, my mother dubbed me The Red Tornado, a name I kept until my rebellious, yet quiet teenage years (as well as trademark issues with another being with the same name. Plus, my hair got darker). As all adolescents do, I tried various personas—Book Boy, Dynamo Dishwasher, Leave Me Alone Lad and Sleep ... (more)