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Paperback Details
  • 08/2020
  • B08F65S4PK
  • 355 pages
  • $14.99
Ebook Details
  • 08/2020
  • B08F6QGVDW
  • 355 pages
  • $8.99
Scaled
J.T. Ashmore, Author

Children/Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

A meteor explodes over the Midwest, and teens exposed to the fragments break out in a rash of glittering scales. Among the affected are a homophobic bully, an honor student, and a witty gay guy. Zack, Hilde, and Silas overcome their initial antagonism to form an unlikely alliance. As the scales spread over their bodies, they must work together to combat their self-loathing, accept their alienness, and escape the forces bent on crushing them.

Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Scaled is a layered and fiercely intelligent story that focuses on three very different high school students who are united by a common experience that results in a mysterious and isolating affliction.

Prose: Ashmore's prose is smart and smooth, with a convincing blend of authentic teen voices and a poised, mature writing style.

Originality: Ashmore delivers a highly unique YA novel with a deeply compelling premise. While anchored in the lived experiences of contemporary teens, Ashmore's story pivots into an engrossing and thought-provoking work of sci-fi that integrates ideas of self-awareness, otherness, and empathy.

Character/Execution: Each main character is afforded a distinctive voice. The impact of their shared bodily transformation is powerfully felt both individually and collectively. 

Date Submitted: August 21, 2020

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 08/2020
  • B08F65S4PK
  • 355 pages
  • $14.99
Ebook Details
  • 08/2020
  • B08F6QGVDW
  • 355 pages
  • $8.99

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